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Prey Density Is More Important Than Total For Sea Predators
2013-01-04 13:02:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As ocean predators comb the waters in search of a food source, they often seek out dense groups of prey to maximize their hunting efforts, according to a new study in the open access journal PLOS ONE. A team of American and Canadian biologists began their study by trying to find out where three different Bering Sea predators — northern fur seals and two different sea birds, black-legged kittiwakes and thick-billed murres —...

Prey Distribution, Not Biomass, Key To Marine Food Chain
2012-05-03 03:30:03

A new study has found that each step of the marine food chain is clearly controlled by the trophic level below it — and the driving factor influencing that relationship is not the abundance of prey, but how that prey is distributed. The importance of the spatial pattern of resources — sometimes called “patchiness” — is gaining new appreciation from ecologists, who are finding the overall abundance of food less important than its density and ease of access to...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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