Predator group composition indirectly influences food web dynamics through predator growth rates

Kate Laskowski, Marta Alirangues Nunez, Sabine Hilt, Mark Gessner & Thomas Mehner
Considerable theoretical work predicts that intraspecific trait variation can have profound ecological consequences by altering species interactions. Because of their high flexibility, behavioral traits may be especially relevant in mediating how species respond to one another, thus affecting food web dynamics and ecosystem functioning. However, empirical evidence supporting this idea is limited. Here we generated predator groups where we manipulated the composition of behavioral types within the groups to assess effects on predator growth rates,...
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