Behavioural Mechanisms of Food Selection

  • Roger N. Hughes

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Theory

  3. Evaluation and Selection of Food Items

  4. Constraints and Physiological State

  5. Ontogenetic Changes in Food Selection

  6. Bulk Processors: Mammalian Grazers

  7. Bulk Processors: Invertebrate Grazers

  8. Bulk Processors: Deposit Feeders

  9. Bulk Processors: Filter Feeders

  10. Interactions Among Foragers: Social Co-Operation

    1. S. Goss, R. Beckers, J. L. Deneubourg, S. Aron, J. M. Pasteels
      Pages 661-678
  11. Interactions Among Foragers: Competition

  12. Interactions Between Foragers and Other Animals: Predation

  13. Interactions Between Foragers and Other Animals: Fisheries Management

  14. Round-Table Discussion (1)

    1. Roger N. Hughes
      Pages 863-864
  15. Round-Table Discussion (2)

  16. Back Matter
    Pages 867-887

About these proceedings


Behavioural Mechanisms of Food Selection examines animals belonging to diverse trophic groups, from carnivores, herbivores, micro-algal grazers, to filter-feeders and detritus-feeders. In the past Optimal Foraging Theory has been applied to all these groups, but in different ways and in disci plines that rarely overlap. Here concepts and developments hitherto scattered in the literature are drawn together. This uniquely broad synthesis captures the state of the art in the study of diet selection and prescribes new objectives in theoretical development and research.


Behaviour Diet Selection Ecology Optimal Foraging Theory development

Editors and affiliations

  • Roger N. Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit of Functional and Evolutionary Biology School of Biological SciencesUniversity College of North WalesBangor, GwyneddUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-75120-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75118-9
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