Evolutionarily Stable Strategies for Consuming a Structured Resource.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A general consumer-resource model assuming discrete consumers and a continuously structured resource is examined. We study two foraging behaviors, which lead to fixed and flexible patch residence times, in conjunction with a simple consumer energetics model linking resource consumption, foraging behavior, and metabolic costs. Results indicate a single, evolutionarily stable foraging strategy for fixed and flexible foraging in a nonspatial environment, but flexible foraging in a spatial environment leads to consumer grouping, which affects the resource distribution such that no single foraging strategy can exclude all other strategies. This evolutionarily stable coexistence of multiple foraging strategies may help explain a dichotomous pattern observed in a wide variety of natural systems.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilson, WG; Richards, SA

Published Date

  • January 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 155 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 83 - 100

PubMed ID

  • 10657179

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-5323

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-0147

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/303297


  • eng