Gammarus Functional Response Data

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Description

Functional response dataset for two species of Gammarus spp. (freshwater amphipods) eating Simulium spp. (black fly) larvae.

Usage

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Format

A dataframe with the following structure:

density: An integer. The initial density of prey
eaten: An integer. The number of prey eaten
alive: An integer. The number of prey left alive
spp: A factor with levels G.d.celticus and G.pulex. The species of predator.

Details

This dataset is a stripped-down version of that presented in Paterson et al. 2014. It contains only Simulium spp. data with all other treatments (other than predator identity) pooled. The predators are amphipods which are either native (Gammarus duebeni celticus) or invasive (Gammarus pulex) to waterways in Ireland.

Source

Paterson RA, Dick JTA, Pritchard DW, Ennis M, Hatcher MJ & Dunn AM. 2014. Predicting invasive species impacts: community module functional response experiments reveal context dependencies. Journal of Animal Ecology 84:453-463 doi:1111/1365-2656.12292

Examples

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data(gammarus)
str(gammarus) 

with(gammarus, 
    plot(density, eaten, type='n', 
	xlab='Density', ylab='No. Prey Eaten'))
with(gammarus[gammarus$spp=='G.d.celticus',], 
	points(density-0.2, eaten, pch=20, col=rgb(0,0.5,0,0.2)))
with(gammarus[gammarus$spp=='G.pulex',], 
	points(density+0.2, eaten, pch=20, col=rgb(0.5,0,0,0.2)))

legend(2,20, c('Native', 'Invasive'), pch=20, 
	col=c(rgb(0,0.5,0), rgb(0.5,0,0)))