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5.      In what way is masting similar to flocking as a defense?

Apr 14th, 2015

Masting has evolved as a defense against animals that feed on seeds. These seed predators are likely to eat most of the seeds produced by several different plant species each year. Therefore, if there is mast seeding, there is a greater possibility that the feeders will become satisfied before all the seeds (of the species or any given plant) have been eaten.

Animals can make groups is a better chance of avoiding predators. Assuming a predator usually will attack the nearby individual, a bird can decrease its "domain of danger," the area in which it can be the nearby prey to a predator, by joining a flock. Where there is cover, certainly, hiding rather than flocking may be a more effectual predator defense strategy.

Both these defense strategies have similarity in making clusters e.g. in case of masting seeds will make mast seed and in flocking animals will make flocks to defend predators.


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