On the Theory of Optimal Diets

  title={On the Theory of Optimal Diets},
  author={H. Pulliam},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={59 - 74}
  • H. Pulliam
  • Published 1974
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • Using techniques of stochastic theory, I develop a new aproach to predicting optimal diets. The models developed are for a mobile predator feeding on stationary prey; however, the models can easily be extended to include mobile prey. Parameters used in the models are caloric content, time to pursue and density of each prey type, and the speed of the predator. Both clumped and random prey distribution are considered. The models predict the optimal diet of a predator faced with a variety of… CONTINUE READING
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