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1 1 Interspecific Relationships

2 2 AS Explanatory note interspecific relationships (predation, parasitism, mutualism, commensalism, competition for resources)

3 3 Mutualism (+,+) = a close, co-operative association between individuals of two species from which both benefit, often characterised by communication between the participants; a form of symbiosis. e.g. pollination

4 4 Co-evolution is the evolution of two species to become totally dependent on each other. Each of the species involved exerts selective pressure on the other, so they evolve together. Co-evolution is an extreme example of mutualismCo-evolution

5 5 Some examples of co-evolution : Acacia ants and acacia trees Acacias are small, Central American trees in the Leguminosae. They have large, hollow thorns. The acacia ants live in the thorns. On the tips of its leaflets, the plant makes a substance used by the ants as food. The ants defend the tree from herbivores by attacking/stinging any animal that even accidentally brushes up against the plant. The ants also prune off seedlings of any other plants that sprout under “their” tree

6 6 Lichens Lichens are composed of a mixture of fungi and algae. In each “species” of lichen, the alga and fungus are so closely intertwined that whole lichens are classified as species, rather than the component fungus/alga. The type of fungus and alga are species-specific. The alga does photosynthesis and produces sugars as fuel for both. The fungus attaches the whole lichen to its substrate (tree, rock) and holds in water needed by the alga.

7 7 3 Main Types of exploitation Predation Parasitism Grazing Exploitation is when one organism gains benefit at the expense of another which is harmed. (+,-)

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9 9 Predation Predation = predator kills prey (+/-) Short term effect = p+p affect each others numbers

10 10 Two species of mites demonstrate the coupled oscillations of predator and prey densities Interpretation: It is apparent from the graph that both populations showed cyclical behaviour, and that the predator population generally tracked (lagged) the peaks in the prey population.

11 11 Predator – prey numbers Predators can only reproduce if they eat enough prey.  predator numbers are influenced by prey numbers Mostly found in simple ecosystems – tropical ecosystems have complex food webs

12 12 Kiore numbers increase when more grass seed available

13 13 Canadian Lynx mainly prey on Snowshoe Hare. An increase in hare numbers is soon followed by an increase in lynx numbers

14 14 Ladybeetle larvae eating an aphid

15 15 Long term effect = p+p shape each others evolution The idea of an arms race between a prey animal evolving better ways to defend itself against a predator that is improving its own offensive abilities Predator prey evolution explanation In this snowy environment, the polar bear is white to avoid being noticed as it approaches the seal, and the seal pup is white to avoid being noticed by the bear.

16 16 Belonging to a group - can increase food intake via: -locating food -catching food Predator Strategies

17 17 Snares eg spider webs; glow worms lure and trap prey.

18 18 Mimicry = Resemblance of an organism (the mimic) in color, pattern, form, behavior, or a combination of these to another organism or object (the model). The taking on by an animal of the look of another sort of animal or thing for the purpose of: keeping itself safe (traditional sense) enhancing predation

19 19 Female fireflies of the genus Photuris Photuris females mimic the signal of other firefly species. Responding male firefly is captured and eaten.

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21 21 While the cleaner Labroides dimidiatus (top) is a symbiont to other marine fish, removing their ectoparasites, the mimic Aspidontus taeniatus (below) bites off parts of other fishes' skin and fins (Cleaner Fish + host = mutualism). A Cleaner Fish look-alike is able to get close to bite chunks off fin and gill.

22 22 Speed e.g. cheetah

23 23 Camouflage

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25 25 Poison

26 26 Sensitive senses Great white sharks use their amazing sense of smell to track down their prey underwater. They can detect a speck of blood, no bigger than a pinprick, that is floating around in over 100 litres of water from more than 4km away!

27 27 Stalking

28 28 Prey Defences Living in Groups - greater vigilance (may be further enhanced by combining sensory capabilities of another species).

29 29 Sensitive senses e.g. impala - keen sense of smell + baboon - excellent colour vision)

30 30 -increased armament – more teeth to deter predators e.g. a group of baboons can kill a leopard

31 31 -dilution effect - more for predator to choose from = less impact if one is lost -confusion effect – difficult for predator to focus on one individual

32 32 Deception camouflage + appropriate behaviour, e.g. ground-nesting chicks ‘freeze’.

33 33 counter-shading e.g. pelagic (open water) fish (e.g. Kahawai) silvery underside, dark top

34 34 Batesian Mimicry - a palatable animal mimics an unpalatable one e.g. viceroy resembles toxic monarch butterfly

35 35 Don’t eat the monarch – it’s chunderous!

36 36 One of the snakes in the picture below is poisonous and the other one is a mimic. Coral snakes are very easy to see because of their bright red, yellow, and black stripes. They are colored this way so that other animals know they are poisonous and will leave them alone. The Scarlet Kingsnake looks almost EXACTLY like the Coral snake, but it is perfectly harmless! The scarlet king snake on the left is the mimic, and the coral snake on the right is the poisonous one. The scarlet king snake is hoping that its enemies will think it is poisonous and not eat it! If you couldn't tell the difference, don't worry about it! The Kingsnake, or the mimic, would be really happy that you couldn't! If you ever see one of these snakes, here is a rhyme to help you remember the difference between the two. "Red on yellow, kill a fellow. Red on black, won't hurt Jack."

37 37 Mullerian Mimicry - several unpalatable species resemble one another – yellow and black stripes warn of danger – used by wasps, snakes, bees, frogs

38 38 Müllerian mimicry in Dendrobates frogs near Tarapoto, Peru (a - c) The three frogs are all putative members of a single species, Dendrobates imitator. Each of these different morphs is sympatric with a different species in a different geographical region. The species with which each morph is sympatric is shown directly below that morph. From left to right, the species in (d - f ) are: Dendrobates variabilis (Tarapoto), Dendrobates fantasticus (Huallaga Canyon) and `Dendrobates ventrimaculatus’ (Yurimaguas).

39 39 diversion of attack - eg ‘eyespots’ on butterfly and moth wings. Predator diverted away from body, or scared away.

40 40 autotomy - shedding of a body part when attacked eg NZ lizards and Tuatara can lose their tails.

41 41 Synchronised Breeding -shortens breeding season therefore less offspring lost to predators e.g. Gannets -saturates feeding capacity e.g. coral.

42 42 Parasitism A parasite is any organism that feeds at a host’s expense. The host is harmed but not killed. Parasites are always smaller than their host. One host may support many parasites of the same species. Host specific = when a parasite depends for its food on one organism. Parasites may weaken the host so that it becomes more vulnerable to other hazards. There are more parasitic than free-living sp.

43 43 Ectoparasites live on the outside of the host e.g. mosquitoes, lice.

44 44 Endoparasites live inside the host e.g. liver flukes, tapeworm. Beef tapeworm = 7½ m – world’s biggest ‘microbe’ Ascarids or roundworm infections are primarily a problem of young horses. They seldom cause significant damage in animals that are 11 years or more old. They are primarily found in the small intestine.

45 45 –They have reduced structures (inc sensory, muscular, & nervous systems) –‘Holding-on’ structures eg hooks Reproduction based on transmission of offspring to a new host. Adults cannot survive outside the host.

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47 47 –produce many eggs though getting them to a new host is often difficult. –complex lifecycle with several different young stages, each in a different host.

48 48 Social Parasites e.g. cuckoo - a brood parasite. e.g. ants ‘slave-making’ of other ants nests. The picture shows a queen of a social parasite, Acromyrmex insinuator, being harassed by a worker of its host species, Acromyrmex echinatior. Socially parasitic ants use the nests and workforce of other ant species to raise their own offspring. The queens of social parasites need to get inside the nests of other ants, where they will lay eggs which are reared by the workers of their host.

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50 50 Plant parasites. Connect with vascular tissue of host. Total Parasites rely fully on their host e.g. wood rose has no roots, no chlorophyll.

51 51 Partial parasites (hemiparasite) have chlorophyll and only get water and minerals from host e.g. mistletoe.

52 52 Grazing A grazer consumes part of many organisms which are not killed. Like predators, grazers feed off populations.

53 53 Chemical Defences of plants toxic and distasteful. Cyanogenic glycosides release hydrogen cyanide when plant damaged e.g. clover leaves and karaka seeds Cardiac glycosides e.g. Tutu, Swan plant Tannins are bitter e.g. Tea leaves.

54 54 Allelopathy Odours may discourage browsing by big and little animals. Another reason, however, is to suppress the growth of a nearby plant. These toxins, called allelochemicals, permeate the soil around a plant and act as germination inhibitors. Because these allelochemicals are present, seeds from a nearby plant, although spread over a large area, can remain dormant for decades. Since the toxins are hydrocarbons, they are burned when a fire roars through the area.

55 55 interruptive. ferns and conifers produce chemicals similar to insect hormones which disrupt insect growth e.g. inhibit metamorphosis. Toxicity: Known to be poisonous to livestock throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Simple stomach animals like horses, pigs, and rats develop a thiamine deficiency within a month. Acute bracken poisoning affects the bone marrow of both cattle and sheep, causing anemia and hemorrhaging which is often fatal. Blindness and tumors of the jaws, rumen, intestine, and liver are found in sheep feeding on bracken fern. Toxicity: All parts of brackenfern, including rootstocks, fresh or dry leaves, fiddleheads and spores, contain toxic compounds, and are poisonous to livestock and humans. Consumption of brackenfern causes vitamin B1 deficiency in horses, and toxins can pass into the milk of cattle. Young leaves of brackenfern have been used as a human food source, especially in Japan, and may be linked to increased incidence of stomach cancer. Humans working outdoors near abundant stands of the plant may be at risk from cancer-causing compounds in the spores Also allelopathic

56 56 deadly e.g. alkaloids of Hemlock, Deadly Nightshade (extremely toxic to mammals but not to birds – disperse seed) and strychnine plant of Asia. All parts of deadly nightshade plant, especially berries, are venomous and responsible of toxicologic symptoms, typical indeed for all members of Solanaceous family, the so-called “anticholinergic syndrome”, whose symptoms are synthesized in an old english rhyme: “hot as a hare” (increase in body temperature) “blind as a bat” (pupillary dilatation and accomodation paralysis) “dry as a bone” (block on perspiration and salivation) “red as a beetroot” (face and neck congestion) “crazy as a hen” ( psychomotor excitement, hallucinations).

57 57 Mechanical Defences Spines – e.g. sea urchins, cacti, hedgehogs, roses

58 58 Shells – e.g. barnacles, shellfish, hermit crabs, nuts

59 59 Animal counter-measures Sheep can detoxify clover Monarch butterfly caterpillars accumulate poisons from food (e.g. nettles) to be used for their own defence; poison retained in adults as protection against birds

60 60 Pests Introduced animals often become pests because there are few or no predators e.g. rabbits, goats, wasps, gorse, possums in NZ

61 61 Biocontrol An introduced predator can control an introduced pest E.g. parasitoid wasps have brought cabbage white butterfly under control adult of Apanteles sp. (parasitoid of Pieris sp.) Larvae of Apanteles sp. (parasitoid) emerging from Pieris sp. larva

62 62 Argentinian moth controls prickly pear cactus in Australia

63 63 Abiotic pop’n control Barnacles compete for space Muskrats without territory starve or get eaten

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