Predator-Prey Dynamics: The Role of Olfaction, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Predator-Prey Dynamics

The Role of Olfaction, 1st Edition

By Michael R. Conover

CRC Press

264 pages

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pub: 2007-03-30
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Humans, being visually oriented, are well versed in camouflage and how animals hide from predators that use vision to locate prey. However, many predators do not hunt by sight; they hunt by scent. This raises the question: do survival mechanisms and behaviors exist which allow animals to hide from these olfactory predators?� If so, what are they, a

Table of Contents

Olfactory Predators and Odorants,� Detecting and Locating Prey Through Depositional Odor Trails,� Using Airborne Odorants to Detect the Presence of Prey,� Using Odor Plumes to Locate Prey and the Impact of Convection,� Experimental Evidence that Updrafts and Turbulence Hinder the Ability of Predators to Find Prey Using Olfaction, Turbulence Caused by Isolated Surface Features, Turbulence Over Rough Surfaces, Turbulence Within and Below Plant Canopies, Trade-Offs Required to Achieve Optimal Hiding Strategies, Impact of Olfactory Predators on the Behavior of Female Ungulates During Parturition and on the Behavior of Their Young,� Do Nest Site Characteristics Influence Nest Predation Rates by Olfactory Predators? Do Weather, Convection, Isolated Surface Features, or Shelterbelts Influence Nest Predation Rates of Olfactory Predators? Do Prairies, Savannas, Forests, or Edge Habitats Influence Nest Predation Rates of Olfactory Predators? Using the Physics of Airflow to Redefine Common Ecological Terms, Epilogue, References, Appendices, Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Animals / General
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General