MO3 D02 - Operation Wallacea

MO3 D02

Laura Michie - Uca paradussumieri (3)

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WRL reference M03 D02
Module M03 Animal Behaviour
Data Set D02 Interspecific differences in fiddler crab feeding rates
Research questions
  1. Do feeding rates differ between species?
  2. Do feeding rates differ among the same species living at different tidal heights?
Keywords Adaptation; behaviour; interspecific competition; error bars; ecosystem; feeding; habitat; mangroves; niche; sampling; selection; statistics; standard deviation; transects
Potential Curriculum links AP Biology 1.C.2, 2.E.3
AP Env Sci II Living world A-E
IB Biology 5.1, 5.2, A.4, A.6, C.2
IB Ess 2.1.7
AQA 3.4.6, 3.4.7, 3.7.4, MS, AT, PS
edexcel A – 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.3, B – 10.1 Maths A
OCR A – 4.2.1, 6.3.1, 6.3.2-  M, PAG, HSW
SQA FH2G 3 (c) (i) (ii) (iv), FH2H 2 (c) (i) (ii), HOAL 1(b) (c) (d) (e)
CCEA  2.2.3, 4.4.3, 5.6.5
WJEC C1-5, C2 -1, C3-3, App B, Pract.req.
Summary

Fiddler crabs feed at low tide on mudflats in Indonesia and they eat detritus, bacteria and algae.  There are often quite a few species feeding together and there is clear niche separation due to their feeding behaviour and morphology.  This study compares 3 different species feeding at 2 different heights above the low tide line.  The results are analyzed using column charts, means, standard deviation and error bars.  There are 2 research questions looking at feeding rates between species and how rates might differ for the same species living at different tidal heights.

Difficulty:

Research Q1 – 6/10

Research Q2 – 7/10