Spatial aggregation and association in different resource-patch distributions: Experimental analysis with Drosophila

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Abstract

1. Laboratory experiments using homogeneous resources were conducted to examine intra- and interspecific spatial egg distribution of D. simulans, D. auraria and D. immigrans in three different resource-patch distribution patterns: patchy, even and clustered. 2. Individuals of each species were introduced separately or simultaneously into the cage, into which artificial substrates were placed and allowed to oviposit for 24 h. Spatial analyses were performed with indices of intraspecific aggregation (J), interspecific association (C) and L-function based on Ripley's K-function. 3. Eggs were always spatially aggregated irrespective of species and the resource-patch distribution patterns. Spatial egg aggregation was influenced significantly by the resource-patch distribution pattern and tended to be weaker in the clustered resource-patch distribution than in the patchy or even resource-patch distribution. 4. Spatial extent of egg aggregation was always beyond the single resource patch scale, indicating aggregation of ovipositing females. 5. Interspecific association of egg distribution was absent or very weak. Thus, these results present experimental evidence of independent egg aggregation among drosophilids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-273
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Animal Ecology
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cage experiment
  • Point pattern analysis
  • Resource-patch distribution
  • Spatial egg distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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