Foraging: Behavior and Ecology by David W. Stephens,Joel S. Brown,Ronald C. Ydenberg

By David W. Stephens,Joel S. Brown,Ronald C. Ydenberg

Foraging is key to animal survival and copy, but it's even more than an easy topic of discovering meals; it's a organic valuable. Animals needs to locate and eat assets to prevail, and so they make outstanding efforts to take action. for example, pythons not often eat, but after they do, their food are large—as a lot as 60 percentage better than their very own bodies. The snake’s digestive approach is generally dormant, yet in the course of digestion metabolic premiums can bring up fortyfold. A python digesting quietly at the wooded area ground has the metabolic fee of thoroughbred in a useless warmth. This and comparable foraging procedures have huge purposes in ecology, cognitive technology, anthropology, and conservation biology—and they are often additional extrapolated in economics, neurobiology, and desktop science.

Foraging is the 1st complete evaluation of the subject in additional than two decades. A huge venture, this quantity brings jointly twenty-two specialists from in the course of the box to supply the newest at the mechanics of foraging, glossy foraging thought, and foraging ecology. The fourteen essays hide the entire suitable concerns, together with cognition, person habit, caching habit, parental habit, antipredator habit, social habit, inhabitants and group ecology, herbivory, and conservation. contemplating quite a lot of taxa, from birds to mammals to amphibians, Foraging may be the definitive advisor to the field.

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