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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?

 

Apr 14th, 2015

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.


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