Abramsky et al. developed a new technique to measure isoclines in the field. The method is based on the single-species habitat selection theory of Fretwell. Using short term (3-4 wk) and long term (1-yr) experiments, they tested it by measuring the isocline of Gerbillus allenbyi competing with G. pyramidum. In the present study, we measured the converse isocline of G. pyramidum competing with G. allenbyi. Like the isocline of G. allenbyi, the isocline of G. pyramidum is nonlinear and agrees with the predictions of the theory of optimal density-dependent habitat selection in a two-species, shared-preference system. This is the first natural system in which both sets of isolegs and isoclines have been measured, in the field, for two competing species. A stability analysis suggested that the gerbil species can coexist under most observed density combinations.
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics