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  1. Biodiversity, Species Interactions, and Population Control Chapter 5

  2. 5-1 How Do Species Interact? • Concept 5-1 Five types of species interactions—competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism, and commensalism—affect the resource use and population sizes of the species in an ecosystem.

  3. Species Interact in Five Major Ways • Interspecific Competition • Predation • Parasitism • Mutualism • Commensalism

  4. Most Consumer Species Feed on Live Organisms of Other Species (1) • Predators may capture prey by • Walking • Swimming • Flying • Pursuit and ambush • Camouflage • Chemical warfare

  5. Most Consumer Species Feed on Live Organisms of Other Species (2) • Prey may avoid capture by • Camouflage • Chemical warfare • Warning coloration • Mimicry • Deceptive looks • Deceptive behavior

  6. (a) Span worm (b) Wandering leaf insect (c) Bombardier beetle (d) Foul-tasting monarch butterfly (f) Viceroy butterfly mimics monarch butterfly (e) Poison dart frog (g) Hind wings of Io moth resemble eyes of a much larger animal. (h) When touched, snake caterpillar changes shape to look like head of snake. Stepped Art Fig. 5-2, p. 103

  7. Predator and Prey Species Can Drive Each Other’s Evolution • Intense natural selection pressures between predator and prey populations • Coevolution

  8. Coevolution: A Langohrfledermaus Bat Hunting a Moth

  9. Some Species Feed off Other Species by Living on or in Them • Parasitism • Parasite-host interaction may lead to coevolution

  10. Parasitism: Tree with Parasitic Mistletoe, Trout with Blood-Sucking Sea Lampreys

  11. In Some Interactions, Both Species Benefit • Mutualism • Nutrition and protection relationship • Gut inhabitant mutualism

  12. Mutualism: Oxpeckers Clean Rhinoceros; Anemones Protect and Feed Clownfish

  13. In Some Interactions, One Species Benefits and the Other Is Not Harmed • Commensalism • Epiphytes • Birds nesting in trees

  14. Commensalism: Bromiliad Roots on Tree Trunk Without Harming Tree

  15. Survivorship Curves: Short to Long Lives • The populations of different species vary in how long individual members typically live.

  16. Animation: Life history patterns

  17. 5-2 How Can Natural Selection Reduce Competition between Species? • Concept 5-2 Some species develop adaptations that allow them to reduce or avoid competition with other species for resources.

  18. Some Species Evolve Ways to Share Resources • Resource partitioning • Reduce niche overlap • Use shared resources at different • Times • Places • Ways

  19. Competing Species Can Evolve to Reduce Niche Overlap Fig 5-7

  20. Sharing the Wealth: Resource Partitioning Fig 7-8

  21. Specialist Species of Honeycreepers Fig 5-9

  22. 5-3 What Limits the Growth of Populations? • Concept 5-3 No population can continue to grow indefinitely because of limitations on resources and because of competition among species for those resources.

  23. Populations Have Certain Characteristics (1) • Populations differ in • Distribution • Numbers • Age structure • Population dynamics

  24. Populations Have Certain Characteristics (2) • Changes in population characteristics due to: • Temperature • Presence of disease organisms or harmful chemicals • Resource availability • Arrival or disappearance of competing species

  25. POPULATION DYNAMICS AND CARRYING CAPACITY • Most populations live in clumps although other patterns occur based on resource distribution. Fig 5-10

  26. Most Populations Live Together in Clumps or Patches (2) • Why clumping? • Species tend to cluster where resources are available • Groups have a better chance of finding clumped resources • Protects some animals from predators • Packs allow some to get prey • Temporary groups for mating and caring for young

  27. TYPES OF SPECIES • Native, nonnative, indicator, keystone, and foundation species play different ecological roles in communities. • Native: those that normally live and thrive in a particular community. • Nonnative species: those that migrate, deliberately or accidentally introduced into a community.

  28. Indicator Species: Biological Smoke Alarms • Species that serve as early warnings of damage to a community or an ecosystem. • Presence or absence of trout species because they are sensitive to temperature and oxygen levels.

  29. Why are Amphibians Vanishing? • Frogs serve as indicator species because different parts of their life cycles can be easily disturbed.

  30. Why are Amphibians Vanishing? • Habitat loss and fragmentation. • Prolonged drought. • Pollution. • Increases in ultraviolet radiation. • Parasites. • Viral and Fungal diseases. • Overhunting. • Natural immigration or deliberate introduction of nonnative predators and competitors.

  31. Keystone Species: Major Players • Keystone species help determine the types and numbers of other species in a community thereby helping to sustain it.

  32. Foundation Species: Other Major Players • Expansion of keystone species category. • Foundation species can create and enhance habitats that can benefit other species in a community. • Elephants push over, break, or uproot trees, creating forest openings promoting grass growth for other species to utilize.

  33. Populations Can Grow, Shrink, or Remain Stable (1) • Population size governed by • Births • Deaths • Immigration • Emigration • Population change = (births + immigration) – (deaths + emigration)

  34. Populations Can Grow, Shrink, or Remain Stable (2) • Age structure • Pre-reproductive age • Reproductive age • Post-reproductive age

  35. No Population Can Grow Indefinitely: J-Curves and S-Curves (2) • Size of populations limited by • Light • Water • Space • Nutrients • Exposure to too many competitors, predators or infectious diseases

  36. Limits on Population Growth: Biotic Potential vs. Environmental Resistance • No population can increase its size indefinitely. • The intrinsic rate of increase (r) is the rate at which a population would grow if it had unlimited resources. • Carrying capacity (K): the maximum population of a given species that a particular habitat can sustain indefinitely without degrading the habitat.

  37. No Population Can Continue to Increase in Size Indefinitely Fig 5-11

  38. Logistic Growth of a Sheep Population on the island of Tasmania, 1800–1925 Fig 5-12

  39. When a Population Exceeds Its Habitat’s Carrying Capacity, Its Population Can Crash • Carrying capacity: not fixed • Reproductive time lag may lead to overshoot • Dieback (crash) • Damage may reduce area’s carrying capacity

  40. Exponential Growth, Overshoot, and Population Crash of a Reindeer Fig 5-13

  41. Positions of r- and K-Selected Species on the S-Shaped Population Growth Curve Fig 5-14

  42. Reproductive Patterns • r-selected species tend to be opportunists while K-selected species tend to be competitors.

  43. Under Some Circumstances Population Density Affects Population Size • Density-dependent population controls • Predation • Parasitism • Infectious disease • Competition for resources

  44. Several Different Types of Population Change Occur in Nature • Stable • Irruptive • Cyclic fluctuations, boom-and-bust cycles • Top-down population regulation • Bottom-up population regulation

  45. Population Cycles for the Snowshoe Hare and Canada Lynx Fig 5-15

  46. Humans Are Not Exempt from Nature’s Population Controls • Ireland • Potato crop in 1845 • Bubonic plague • Fourteenth century • AIDS • Global epidemic

  47. Exceeding Carrying Capacity: Move, Switch Habits, or Decline in Size • Over time species may increase their carrying capacity by developing adaptations. • Some species maintain their carrying capacity by migrating to other areas. • So far, technological, social, and other cultural changes have extended the earth’s carrying capacity for humans.

  48. 5-4 How Do Communities and Ecosystems Respond to Changing Environmental Conditions? • Concept 5-4 The structure and species composition of communities and ecosystems change in response to changing environmental conditions through a process called ecological succession.

  49. Communities and Ecosystems Change over Time: Ecological Succession • Natural ecological restoration • Primary succession • Secondary succession

  50. Some Ecosystems Start from Scratch: Primary Succession • No soil in a terrestrial system • No bottom sediment in an aquatic system • Early successional plant species, pioneer • Midsuccessional plant species • Late successional plant species