Details matter when modelling the effects of animal personality on the spatial distribution of foragers

Christoph Netz*, Aparajitha Ramesh, Jakob Gismann, Pratik R. Gupte, Franz J. Weissing*

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By means of a simulation study, DiNuzzo & Griffen [1] investigate whether individual variation in a personality trait can explain ‘undermatching’, an often-observed deviation from the ideal free distribution (IFD). Here, we raise five points of concern about this study, regarding (i) the interpretation of the results in terms of personality variation; (ii) deficiencies in the technical implementation of the model, leading to wrong conclusions; (iii) the effects of population size on deviations from the IFD; (iv) the measure used for quantifying deviations from the IFD and (v) the analysis of the mud crab data. Finally, we provide an overview of the evolutionary ramifications of the relation between animal personality and the IFD.
Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Nummer van het tijdschrift1970
Vroegere onlinedatum2-mrt.-2022
StatusPublished - 9-mrt.-2022

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