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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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Chemical defences against predators

Chemical defences against predators

(p.236) Chapter 16 Chemical defences against predators
Chemical Ecology in Aquatic Systems

Cynthia Kicklighter

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with some of the areas of recent study on chemical defences that deter predators. It notes that a number of studies have investigated the use of chemical defences in animals against their predators, providing the basis for the understanding of the life history characteristics associated with the use of defence strategies, which suggests the pressures that select for the evolution of defences. It also states that the ability to understand the causes and consequences of variation in chemical defences, within and among species, is limited by the ability to confidently identify species.

Keywords:   chemical defences, predators, defence strategies, evolution of defences, life history characteristics

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