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Prac 5 Biodiversity

# Prac 5 Biodiversity

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Prac 5 Understanding population TrendsTask 1 Rhinoceros
Step 2both populations show exponential growth
Step 4Growth factor is approximately equal (~2) for both populations
Question: The difference in population size at time interval 5 is due to differences ininitial population size (ie. 30 vs 20). They both grow at the same rate.
Rhinoceros Populations
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Time
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Rhinocerus population ARhinoceros Population B

Step 2both populations show exponential growth
Step 4Koala population A has the highest growth factor (approx 1.8) vs population B(approx 1.5)
Question: The difference in population size at time interval 5 is due to differences ingrowth factor. Both populations have the same initial population size (20) but population Agrows more quickly.
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Koala population AKoala Population B

Step 2both populations show sigmoidal growth.
Step 4 Questions
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Growth factor is not constant for either zebra population.
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The growth factor is initially high in the first few time intervals, then progressively decreases as the size of the population grows (and approaches carrying capacity).
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Zebra population A has the highest growth factor as its population size increasesmore rapidly than zebra population B. They both have the same population size at time 0 (ie N=20).
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The carrying capacity for zebra population A is 600 as the curve reaches anasymptote. The carrying capacity for zebra population B is higher than 600 as the curve has notreached an asymptote, and the growth factor is still >1.0 (ie. 1.03) at population 600. However,its population size at K will not be much greater than 600.