Apostatic selection as an optimal foraging strategy.

S. F. Hubbard, R. M. Cook, J. G. Glover, J.J.D. Greenwood

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Two simple optimal diet models are shown to be capable of predicting a variety of effects similar to those of frequency-dependent selection, the type depending on whether the predator can search simultaneously for the prey species it attacks, or not. Intensity of detected selection should decline with increasing prey exploitation.-from AuthorsDept. of Biological Sciences, The Univ., Dundee DD1 4HN, & The Marine Lab., Victoria Rd., Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-633
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Animal Ecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1982


  • optimal diet models
  • optimal foraging
  • foraging strategy

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Hubbard, S. F., Cook, R. M., Glover, J. G., & Greenwood, J. J. D. (1982). Apostatic selection as an optimal foraging strategy. Journal of Animal Ecology , 51(2), 625-633. https://doi.org/10.2307/3987