© 2001-2020 BiologyOnline.  Both species are eaten by ferrets (Mustela furo) so the introduction of rabbits resulted in immigration of ferrets to the area, which then depleted skink numbers. interference competition. dN(t)/dt = rate of change of population density, The logistic growth equation is an effective tool for modelling intraspecific competition despite its simplicity, and has been used to model many real biological systems. This is also seen in Viviparous lizard, or Lacerta vivipara, where the existence of color morphs within a population depends on the density and intraspecific competition. This leads to a reduction in fitness for both individuals, but the more fit individual survives and is able to reproduce. What is Intraspecific Competition Intraspecific competition is the competition among members of the same species for limited resources in the same ecological area. The competing organisms may be between the same or different species. when individuals within the same species affect the growth and reproduction of other members of that species by sharing limited resources. Among the polymorphic variants, red lizards have are more aggressive in defending their territory compared to their yellow counterparts. )  This leads to a reduction in fitness for both individuals, but the most fit individual survives and is able to reproduce. Members of the same species have rather similar requirements for resources, whereas different species have a smaller contested resource overlap, resulting in intraspecific competition generally being a stronger force than interspecific competition.. = Overview of Intraspecific Competition Competition is an interaction between two organisms, in which both the organisms are harmed. Apparent competition occurs in populations that are predated upon. ( Another example is the competition between territorial hartebeest and male deer competing for mates. Apart from the direct interactions between animal species, competition may also occur indirectly. For example, native skinks (Oligosoma) in New Zealand suffered a large decline in population after the introduction of rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). the ability of an individual to pass on its genetic contribution to future generations. N Any information here should not be considered absolutely correct, complete, and up-to-date. The steepest parts of the graph are where the population growth is most rapid. When population density is low, individuals are free from competition and can grow rapidly. Exploitative competition involves individuals depleting a shared resource and both suffering a loss in fitness as a result. But as resources became scarcer, their growth rates slowed until reaching the carrying capacity. Saplings will compete for light, most of which will be blocked and utilised by taller trees. The resource must be limited for competition to occur; if every member of the species can obtain a sufficient amount of every resource then individuals do not compete and the population grows exponentially.  An environment can only support a certain number of individuals before its resources completely diminish. Generally, the larger male will win and fights rarely escalate to injury to either combatant.. Intraspecific competition can be silent, as with the trees mentioned above, or it can be observed in a variety of ways. At the carrying capacity, the rate of change of population density is zero because the population is as large as possible based on the resources available. By contrast, interspecific competition occurs when members of different species compete for a shared resource. An example of intraspecific completion is plants of same species (e.g. In the case of Ctenophorus pictus lizards, males compete for territory. For instance, grazing animals compete more strongly for grass as their population grows and food becomes a limiting resource.  Numbers larger than this will suffer a negative population growth until eventually reaching the carrying capacity, whereas populations smaller than the carrying capacity will grow until they reach it.. Contest competition produces relatively stable population dynamics. trees that grow very close together vie for sunlight and soil nutrients.  The resources within an environment are limited, and are not endless.