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RE: help with research

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Posted by: FR at Thu Nov 7 13:15:08 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

In nature they are all active and inquisitive. So your question is off the mark. Being a generalist, allows monitors to be forced to use behavior to overcome natural selection. All species.

If this is about a ecology degree, then I think you may want make some attempt at a method that's meaningful.

for instance, anything in captivity is worthless unless it relates to nature. What you thinking about doing is working with ethology and that is a much different field then biology. In ethology, naturalistic observation is utilized, that is, observation in both nature and in captivity can be used to understand a problem.

The subject you picked is without question a great subject if done properly. That is, how do monitors prosper in nature with uncertain and changing prey sources. Which is related to uncertain and changing conditions within their habitat.

Its not that one area of study is wrong, or the other right. Its just that they are different. In biology, they tend to think in terms of long periods of time. That is, this species consumes that prey source or this . Or primarily this with several others supporting the diet. With Ethology, its more about changing trends in short periods of time. For instance, if a primary prey source is not available for a year, how does a individual monitor exist to the next year, or for many years or the next time that prey is available. And the reality is, prey sources are rarely consistent. Great subject, and I hope you get off to a great start.

oh what species, V.panopties is about as good as it gets. Both indo and Ozzie types. Best wishes


   

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