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34) only allows for predator interference; although the same structural equation can also be used for describing predator facilitation. We can accomplish this by relaxing one of the assumptions and allowing negative values for qi . Setting qi ¼ 0 for all i in Eq. 35) (or q ¼ 0 in Eq. 36)) reduces the functional response to the multispecies disc equation (Eq. 25)), and hence, it eliminates the dependence on predator density. This collapse to a Type 2 is a consequence of the initial choice for gi .
20)), this means that the fraction of foraging time assigned to prey i (Xi ) becomes a function of the prey field. Let us assume fF ¼ 1, and define pi ¼ 1, mi ¼ 1, and gi ¼ ai Ni with ai a positive constant. If the specialist predator assigns foraging time proportionally to the abundance of the prey in the environment, the fraction of foraging time assigned to prey i can be written as p i Ni Xi ¼ P p k Nk (1:53) K where pi is a dimensionless weight factor subject to the constraint that P k p i ¼ 1.
37) did not require the assumption of a refuge but assumed predator interference. Therefore, the same ecological idea can lead to different mathematical formulations, and different ecological ideas can converge to structurally similar mathematical forms. A quick examination of Eq. 34) shows that if wi ¼ 0 and qi ¼ 1, the capture rate becomes a function of the ratio between prey and predator, and so does the corresponding functional response. This kind of dependence is known as ratiodependence because the functional response is only a function of the relative density of the prey with respect to the predator, the per capita prey density.