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    List one advantage and one disadvantage for each of the following dispersion patterns: clumped, random, and uniform. Indicate which type of dispersion pattern each of the following illustrates:

    A. In the spring, every fence post in rural Iowa has a redwing blackbird sitting on it defending its territory.

    B. Field of rows of corn

    C. Dandelions sprouting in a

    D. Flock of sheep

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    Three common types of dispersion patterns within populations exist, (a) clumped, (b) Spaced or uniform, and (c) random. Below are pictures of what these patterns look like.


    Clumped patterns of distribution are the most common among all patterns. This pattern is most likely to occur because individuals in a population cluster where the most resources are. Also, a type of social order my play a role (such a herd, with the purpose of protection/defense/safety), and young offspring may stay with their parents in a single area. Clumped patterns are advantageous or safety reasons- even if a species is not directly dependent on additional individuals of their own species, like ...

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    The expert examines dispersion patterns advantages and disadvantages.