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The order of settling depends on the resource availability in different patches (in your case the difference between high and low quality habitat), but generally speaking, the pattern you observe conforms to the ideal free distribution. The key factor in the ideal free distribution is that habitat patches are filled according to the current resource ...


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While I don't think it's precisely the behaviour you are asking about, you might also be interested in slime molds (e.g., Dictyostelium or Myxogastria). They start out as motile single cell organisms, have limited 'vision' (chemical cues), coalesce into a large multicellular structure when resources become limiting, and then disperse from (usually) a ...


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I believe it is a type of fission-fusion society or even some hybrid with agent based modeling. In ethology, a fission–fusion society is one in which the size and composition of the social group change as time passes and animals move throughout the environment; animals merge (fusion)—e.g. sleeping in one place—or split (fission)—e.g. foraging in small ...



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