Ecology Seminar Series
Lewis Hall, 310
The importance of aggressive interactions between carnivore species has received a great deal of attention in the last several decades. Because interspecific killing, comprising both competitive and predatory interactions, has the potential to influence the population dynamics of carnivores, it is key that we properly understand the extent to which these killing relationships occur. In an effort to elucidate these events to aid in felid conservation and management, I set out to review the literature on within-Carnivora interspecific killing on and by the Felidae. A review of the literature revealed 468 unique references describing interspecific killing relationships. These references reported on 281 pairwise species interactions, of which 126 were unique to observed mortality data, 85 were unique to dietary data, and 70 were found in both dietary and observed mortality datasets. Here, I examine the effects of body size, sociality, dietary overlap, and sampling bias on structuring the pairwise killing interactions.
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