Prediction of Switching and Counter-Switching Based on Optimal Foraging
Version of Record online: 26 APR 2010
1981 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 55, Issue 2, pages 129–138, January-December 1981
How to Cite
VISSER, M. (1981), Prediction of Switching and Counter-Switching Based on Optimal Foraging. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 55: 129–138. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1981.tb01264.x
- Issue online: 26 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: October 10, 1980; December 7, 1980
It is shown that optimally foraging predators can switch or counter-switch depending on prey types and on environmental conditions, due to changes in the profitability of the prey types involved.
Subsequently rules are developed to predict switching or counter-switching by the predator when prey densities change, using examples from the literature as well as new data on prey selection in sticklebacks.