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Help with genetics/ecology question

Postby biol245 » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:12 pm

Three different species of popples coexist on the island of Mattel: punkity, bibsy, and dunker. A survey of the populations of these three popples produced the following results:

 The punkity popple population consists of 34% red morphs, 33% black morphs, and 33% green morphs. All punkity popples are lethally toxic (eating any one of them would cause instantaneous death).

 The bibsy popple population consists of 5% red morphs, 3% black morphs, and 92% green morphs. All bibsy popples are non-toxic (eating them causes no adverse effects at all).

 The dunker popple population consists of 1% red morphs, 86% black morphs, and 13% green morphs. All dunker popples are mildly toxic (eating any one of them causes severe, but temporary, nausea and pain).

A large population of technicolored bobcats is introduced to the island of Mattel. The bobcats feed on popples. No other form of prey is available to them. They hunt visually (distinguish between different colors very easily) and generally learn very quickly to avoid prey that cause nausea and pain.

1. Describe what effect (if any) the bobcats will have on the distribution of morphs in the punkity popple population.

2. Describe what effect (if any) the bobcats will have on the distribution of morphs in the bibsy popple population.

3. Describe what effect (if any) the bobcats will have on the distribution of morphs in the dunker popple population.

4. Explain your answers.

5. What form of mimicry would be occurring among the three popple species in this scenario?
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