Empirical studies of predator and prey behaviour

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Empirical studies of predator and prey behavior need to consider that: behaviors arise from a dynamic interaction between predators and prey operating over varying spatial and temporal scales; there are a wide range of alternative, condition-dependent behaviors that can be used; there are two different levels of behavior (avoidance or encounter, and capture or escape) that require different approaches; there are ethical problems of experimenting with predation systems. Therefore empirical studies of predator and prey behavior are often field-based observational studies of more complete natural systems, involving measurements of starvation-predation risk trade-offs, targeted field-experiments and statistical methods to measure biologically significant effects and to infer causation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour
EditorsM.D. Breed, J. Moore
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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