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Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems$
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Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199583096.001.0001

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Euroecology of Predator–prey Interactions

Euroecology of Predator–prey Interactions

(p.158) Chapter 11 Euroecology of Predator–prey Interactions
Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems

Charles D. Derby

Richard K. Zimmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the neuroecology of predation. An act of predation requires integration of complex chemosensory information as a function of ecological context and proximity of prey. The chapter examines natural histories and trophic ecologies, describing behavioural aspects of predatory search, appetitive feeding, and food consumption, as well as chemical deterence and defence by prey. It considers the physiological basis for chemosensory-mediated behavioural processes associated with predation and carnivorous feeding. It also argues for stronger integration across disciplines towards clarifying basic relationships between neural processes and ecological functions.

Keywords:   neuroecology, predation, chemosensory information, predatory search, appetitive feeding, food consumption, chemical deterence, defence, chemosensory-mediated behavioural processes, carnivorous feeding

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