predation pressure


Definition of predation pressure

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The Atlantic species that arrived changed competition and predation pressures on the species in the Arctic. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "As the Arctic heats up, what’s in store for its food webs?," 26 Oct. 2019 This predation pressure, however, has also given prey a steep incentive to hide during bright nights. National Geographic, "Sex, Death, and Pollination: How the Moon Changes Life on Earth," 6 July 2017

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Predation pressure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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