One way to understand how early environment influences differing behaviors in similar species is through an experimental technique known as "cross fostering." Suppose that the curly-whiskered mud rat differs from the bald mud rat in several ways, for example curly-whiskered rats are much more aggressive. How would you set up a cross-fostering experiment to determine if environment plays a role in this mud rat's aggression?
You would place newborn curly-whiskered mud rats with bald mud rat parents, newborn bald mud rats with curly-whiskered mud rat parents, and let some mud rats of both species be raised by their own species. Then compare the outcomes.
Parental protective behavior in turkeys is triggered by the cheeping sound of young chicks
A guinea pig loves the lettuce kept in the refrigerator and squeals each time the refrigerator door opens.
The entire box shown in the figure below represents the niche of species A. Species A is biologically constrained from the striped area of its niche by species B. This is an example of
Which of the following is an example of Batesian mimicry?
a nonvenomous snake that looks like a venomous snake
Which of the following is a density-independent factor limiting human population growth?
Every morning at the same time, John went into the den to feed his new tropical fish. After a few weeks John noticed that the fish would swim to the top of the tank as soon as he would enter the room. This is a good example of
Which of the following statements about energy flow is incorrect?
Eating meat is probably the most economical way of acquiring the energy of photosynthetic productivity.
Elephants are not the most common species in African grasslands. The grasslands contain scattered woody plants, but they are kept in check by the uprooting activities of the elephants. Take away the elephants, and the grasslands convert to forests or to shrublands. The newly growing forests support fewer species than the previous grasslands. Elephants can be defined as what type of species in this community?
Assuming these age-structure diagrams describe human populations, in which population is unemployment likely to be most severe in the future?
Assuming these age-structure diagrams describe human populations, which population is likely to experience zero population growth (ZPG)?
The energetic hypothesis and dynamic stability hypothesis are explanations to account for
the length of food chains
According to the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), the difference between an endangered species and a threatened one is that
an endangered species is closer to extinction
Which of the following is an example of cryptic coloration?
a "walking stick" insect that resembles a twig
How is it that the open ocean produces the highest net primary productivity of Earth's ecosystems, yet net primary productivity per square meter is relatively low?
It has the greatest total area
The oak tree pathogen Phytophthora ramorum migrated 650 km in ten years. West Nile virus spread from New York to 46 others states in five years. The difference in the rate of spread is probably related to
the mobility of their hosts. Use the information below to answer the following questions.
When a female cat comes into heat, she urinates more frequently and in a large number of places. Male cats from the neighborhood congregate near urine deposits and fight with each other. Which of the following is a proximate cause of this behavior of increased urination?
It is a result of hormonal changes associated with her reproductive cycle.
Which of the following would be an ultimate cause of the male cats' response to the female's urinating behavior?
Male cats respond to the odor because it is a means of locating females in heat.
How is habitat fragmentation related to extinction?
Populations of organisms in fragments are smaller and, thus, more susceptible to extinction
____ 27. Prairie dogs once covered the expanses of the Great Plains. Their grazing made the grass more nutritious for the huge herds of bison, and a variety of snakes, raptors, and mammals preyed on the rodents. In fact, the black-footed ferret (now endangered) specialized in prairie dog predation. Today, growing neighborhoods have covered many prairie dog towns. Which of the following statements about prairie dogs is not true?
Their fundamental niche has diminished.
Sow bugs become more active in dry areas and less active in humid areas. This is an example of
Resource partitioning is best described by which of the following statements?
Slight variations in niche allow similar species to coexist.
A species of fish is found to require a certain water temperature, a particular oxygen content of the water, a particular depth, and a rocky substrate on the bottom to thrive. These requirements are part of its
Extinction is a natural phenomenon. It is estimated that 99% of all species that ever lived are now extinct. Why then do we say that we are now in a biodiversity crisis?
The current rate of extinction is as much as 1,000 times higher than at any other time in the last 100,000 years
Which of the following statements best describes the interaction between fire and ecosystems?
Many kinds of plants and plant communities have adapted to frequent fires.
Which of the following statements is consistent with the competitive exclusion principle?
Even a slight reproductive advantage will eventually lead to the elimination of inferior species
The presence of all of the following tend to increase species diversity except