Models of the influence of predation on aspect diversity in prey populations

Simon A. Levin, Lee A. Segel

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By considering a model incorporating behavioral changes by predators and prey evolution, we demonstrate how under certain conditions apostatic predation influences the maintenance of diversity within prey populations, and among different prey species. Further, we estimate the intrinsic "diversity" wavelength of the system when apostasy combines with other factors to lead to nonuniform distributions of prey along aspect gradients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-284
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of mathematical biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Modeling and Simulation


  • Apostasis
  • Aspect diversity
  • Predator-prey
  • Switching


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