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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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To avoid confusion I just want to add to fileunderwater's answer the equivalent words we use to describe the "area size a population/species lives in". The spatial range a single individual occupies is generally called home range or territory (as fileunderwater said before me). The spatial range a single species (or population) occupies is called ...


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Are you looking for 'Home range' (see also the definition in Encyclopaedia Britannica)? Generally, 'home range' is defined as the entire area an individual animal uses, while the 'territory' is the subset of the home range that is actually defended from conspecifics (in animals that show territoriality). 'Home range' is often delimited by the types of ...


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This question can be tackled in several ways, and also seems to contain a couple of misconceptions about ecological processes (e.g. problematic group-selection ideas and how species 'fit' into the ecosystem). However, I think it is most usefully answered from the perspective of life history theory and the evolution of life histories (see e.g. Roff, 2002 and ...


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The way you pose the question, as in what mechanisms limit the fertility of predators, together with your comment about the distinction to the population dynamic aspect, strongly that what you are thinking about an adaptional mechanism here and asking about its characteristics, right? In that case, this is very similar to the kind of scenarios you find in ...



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