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Unformatted text preview: AN ANALYSIS OF CAMOUFLAGE TO POPULATION SIZE, OF THE TRADEOFF BETWEEN VULNERABILITY AND REPRODUCTIVE RATE AND OF THE LOTHKA VOLTERRA EQUATION TO THE PREDATOR-PREY RELATIONSHIP Predator and prey relationship is an important part of the ecology of population. The relationship brings images of Bugs Bunny being hunted by Elmer Fudd. As Elmer Fudd carries his gun, searching through the forest, Bugs Bunny disguises himself as a lady in distress. Instead of shooting Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd helps the “lady” and Bugs Bunny lives another day. The cartoon is a simple example of a very complex relationship that determines the survivorship of the population. Natural selection favors the survival of the fittest where the most efficient predators and the most elusive prey find a way to survive. The first experiment will identify the effectiveness of prey camouflage to survivorship of a population. It will answer the question of whether a prey that blends with the colors of the environment will have the greatest chance of...
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This note was uploaded on 03/13/2011 for the course BIO 1B taught by Professor Carlson,mischel,power during the Fall '07 term at Berkeley.
- Fall '07