Anyone know of a journal article discussing resource defense behaviour/aggression and the characteristics of the resource? Basically trying to answer “when does it become feasible to defend a resource?”.
Currently doing a behavioural ecology course and it’s the toughest ecology course I’ve done so far, mainly because I’m struggling to research properly in this area.
It’s been hinted that aggressive behaviour in group foraging species in regards to resource (food) defense will be one of the essay questions on the exam so I’m trying to get through all this, but my textbook isn’t helping.
So, why exactly does an individual choose to defend this food resource but not that food resource?
I know this fits into optimality theory where the cost of defense will be less than the benefits gained from defending. But what characteristics of the resource determine if the benefits outweigh the costs of aggression?