5.I measure the use of nuts, trees and nesting
materials by two species of squirrel and find some strong overlaps in the uses
of nesting materials in particular. Is
it safe to conclude that these two species are competitors? Why or why not?
b.Assuming that the two species of squirrel in the
example above really are competing, what might you predict about the types of
nesting materials selected by each over time?
Yes, the two species of squirrel are intraspecific competitors, meaning that they are same species competing for the same resources in the ecosystem. This type of competition provides control of the size of the population.
The squirrels will continue to use same nesting materials until these materials will become limited. When the resources become limited, the population of species can no longer increase in size.
Apr 21st, 2015
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