Unexpected Effects of Predators Upon Their Prey: The Case of the American Alligator

@article{Bondavalli1999UnexpectedEO,
  title={Unexpected Effects of Predators Upon Their Prey: The Case of the American Alligator},
  author={Cristina Bondavalli and Robert E. Ulanowicz},
  journal={Ecosystems},
  year={1999},
  volume={2},
  pages={49-63}
}
ABSTRACT Indirect trophic effects play important roles in ecosystem dynamics and can at times oppose and dominate the action of direct feeding linkages. Each predator directly exerts a negative effect upon its prey, but predators may also provide indirect benefits to their prey. In ecosystems, such benefits are effected via indirect trophic pathways that can provide a more than compensating positive influence. The ecosystem of the Big Cypress National Preserve (southwest Florida) appears to… CONTINUE READING

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