Skip to main content
Select Source:

predation compensation

predation compensation The mechanisms by which a prey population may maintain a constant size despite large fluctuations in the amount of predation. Compensation occurs because intra-specific competition changes with varying predation. When predation increases natural mortality (e.g. from lack of food) decreases and when predation decreases resources must be shared more thinly and natural mortality increases.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"predation compensation." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"predation compensation." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/predation-compensation

"predation compensation." A Dictionary of Ecology. . Retrieved October 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/predation-compensation

predation compensation

predation compensation The mechanisms by which a prey population may maintain a constant size despite large fluctuations in the amount of predation. Compensation occurs because intraspecific competition changes with varying predation. When predation increases, natural mortality (e.g. from lack of food) decreases and when predation decreases resources must be shared more thinly and natural mortality increases.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"predation compensation." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"predation compensation." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/predation-compensation-0

"predation compensation." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved October 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/predation-compensation-0