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Habitat geometry and limited perceptual range affect habitat choice of a trap-building predator
- Katz, Noa, Scharf, Inon
- Behavioral ecology 2018 v.29 no.4 pp. 958-964
- animals, geometry, habitats, prediction, theoretical models
- Density has been considered as the main force dictating how animals choose where to settle. We show that density has contrasting effects on this decision, based on habitat shape and not only area. This finding has not been considered in any of the theoretical models predicting habitat choice by animals in nature. Animals are limited by different physiological or morphological constraints and it is important to adjust existing models to the species under study.