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Coexistence of Predator and Prey in Intraguild Predation Systems with Ontogenetic Niche Shifts
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2011 (English)In: American Naturalist, ISSN 0003-0147, E-ISSN 1537-5323, Vol. 178, no 6, 701-714 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In basic intraguild predation (IGP) systems, predators and prey also compete for a shared resource. Theory predicts that persistence of these systems is possible when intraguild prey is superior in competition and productivity is not too high. IGP often results from ontogenetic niche shifts, in which the diet of intraguild predators changes as a result of growth in body size (life-history omnivory). As a juvenile, a life-history omnivore competes with the species that becomes its prey later in life. Competition can hence limit growth of young predators, while adult predators can suppress consumers and therewith neutralize negative effects of competition. We formulate and analyze a stage-structured model that captures both basic IGP and life-history omnivory. The model predicts increasing coexistence of predators and consumers when resource use of stage-structured predators becomes more stage specific. This coexistence depends on adult predators requiring consumer biomass for reproduction and is less likely when consumers outcompete juvenile predators, in contrast to basic IGP. Therefore, coexistence occurs when predation structures the community and competition is negligible. Consequently, equilibrium patterns over productivity resemble those of three-species food chains. Life-history omnivory thus provides a mechanism that allows intraguild predators and prey to coexist over a wide range of resource productivity.

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Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Vol. 178, no 6, 701-714 p.
Keyword [en]
intraguild predation, ontogenetic niche shifts, life-history omnivory, stage-dependent interactions, alternative stable states, tri-trophic food chain
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Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50935DOI: 10.1086/662676ISI: 000297503800005OAI: diva2:471446
Available from: 2012-01-02 Created: 2012-01-02 Last updated: 2012-01-02Bibliographically approved

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