Data from: Capacity to support predators scales with habitat size

Angus R. McIntosh, Peter A. McHugh, Michael J. Plank, Phillip G. Jellyman, Helen J. Warburton, Hamish S. Grieg & Hamish S. Greig
Habitat reduction could drive biodiversity loss if the capacity of food webs to support predators is undermined by habitat-size constraints on predator body size. Assuming that (i) available space restricts predator body size, (ii) mass-specific energy needs of predators scale with their body size, and (iii) energy availability scales with prey biomass, we predicted that predator biomass per unit area would scale with habitat size (quarter-power exponent) and prey biomass (three-quarter–power exponent). We found that...
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