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A form of symbiotic relationship between two organisms of unlike species in which one of them acts as predator that captures and feeds on the other organism that serves as the prey.


In ecology, predation is a mechanism of population control. Thus, when the number of predators is scarce the number of preys should rise. When this happens the predators would be able to reproduce more and possibly change their hunting habits. As the number of predators rises, the number of preys decline. This results in food scarcity for predators that can eventually lead to the death of many predators.

See also: symbiosis

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Re: Are predators always smarter than their prey?

... My only issue with this article is the statement, I made bold in the quote Detecting predators In order to effectively avoid and respond to predation, animals must first identify the presence of a potential predator. The ability to recognize predator cues is essential for the initiation ...

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by Gannet
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18 am
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Topic: Are predators always smarter than their prey?
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Ecology qustion

... change in the environment ex disruption or flooding of habitat or changes of weather patterns, then look for pollution, then disease, then excess predation or competition, and lastly a similar decline in another species on which the species under study is dependent. If none of the above then it ...

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by animartco
Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:00 pm
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'Evolution'-the most retarded myth ever.

... Speciation event (all the animals of the earth in one place at one time released, they head off in little groups, low population sizes, low predation etc etc) and dead things buried everywhere from organisms getting buried in mud/sediment quickly. Tower of babel predicts- Language diversity ...

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Herbivores without predators

... due to overgrazing coinciding wih a couple of years of poor rains it is very doubtful that any animal life would have developed on Earth without predation.

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by animartco
Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:53 pm
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Re: Camouflage in nature

... characteristics develop if they all independently increased the likelihood of survival? A slight greenishness would be an adaptation to avoid predation by birds. A slight elongation of the body would be an adaptation to avoid predation by birds. A line along the midline of the abdomen would ...

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by Gavin
Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:36 pm
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