Ecology: How mesopredators run with the big dogs

Erin M. Phillips, Robert M. Pringle

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Food webs are indispensable maps of community organization, but most are crudely drawn — an inconvenient truth that ecologists must confront. A new DNA metabarcoding study quantifies predator–prey interactions and ecological-network structure with long-overdue precision, supplying insight into how large and small carnivores coexist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R197-R199
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 13 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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