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What is Ecological Trap?

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    5th Aug, 2020
  • Ecological trap theory describes the reasons why organisms may actually prefer sink patches over source patches.
  • The concept stems from the idea that organisms that are actively selecting habitat must rely on environmental cues to help them identify high-quality habitat.
  • If either the habitat quality or the cue changes so that one does not reliably indicate the other, organisms may be lured into poor-quality habitat.
  • It thought to occur when the attractiveness of a habitat increases disproportionately in relation to its value for survival and reproduction.
  • The result is preference of falsely attractive habitat and a general avoidance of high-quality but less-attractive habitats.

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