The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 17–18, pp 3257–3270 | Cite as

Simulation and analysis of a model dinoflagellate predator-prey system

  • M.J. MazzoleniEmail author
  • T. AntonelliEmail author
  • K.J. CoyneEmail author
  • L.F. RossiEmail author
Regular Article Physics of Social Interactions
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Dynamics of Animal Systems


This paper analyzes the dynamics of a model dinoflagellate predator-prey system and uses simulations to validate theoretical and experimental studies. A simple model for predator-prey interactions is derived by drawing upon analogies from chemical kinetics. This model is then modified to account for inefficiencies in predation. Simulation results are shown to closely match the model predictions. Additional simulations are then run which are based on experimental observations of predatory dinoflagellate behavior, and this study specifically investigates how the predatory dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum uses toxins to immobilize its prey and increase its feeding rate. These simulations account for complex dynamics that were not included in the basic models, and the results from these computational simulations closely match the experimentally observed predatory behavior of K. veneficum and reinforce the notion that predatory dinoflagellates utilize toxins to increase their feeding rate.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Predation Rate Encounter Rate Swimming Behavior Harmful Alga 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials ScienceDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Biomathematics Program, Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  3. 3.College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of DelawareLewesUSA
  4. 4.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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