predation pressure


: the effects of predation on a natural community especially with respect to the survival of species preyed upon

Examples of predation pressure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If wolf predation pressure causes beavers stress, Freund will find it. Kris Millgate, Field & Stream, 4 Oct. 2023 In the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic (210–175 million years ago), the combination of biological properties listed above led to an evolutionary cascade in the sauropodomorph lineage characterized by selection for ever larger body size, mainly driven by predation pressure from theropod dinosaurs. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 11 May 2010 Survival in macaroni penguins and the relative importance of different drivers: individual traits, predation pressure and environmental variability. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2014 Lamprey have always fed many species, and their former abundance took predation pressure off salmon and steelhead. Mckayla Lee, oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2022 The Atlantic species that arrived changed competition and predation pressures on the species in the Arctic. Cathleen O'Grady, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2019 This predation pressure, however, has also given prey a steep incentive to hide during bright nights. National Geographic, 6 July 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of predation pressure was in 1941

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“Predation pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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