A single predator multiple prey model with prey mutation

Rory Mullan, Gavin M. Abernethy, David H. Glass, Mark McCartney

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A multiple species predator-prey model is expanded with the introduction of a coupled map lattice for the prey, allowing the prey to mutate discretely into other prey species. The model is examined in its single predator, multiple mutating prey form. Two unimodal maps are used for the underlying dynamics of the prey species, with different predation strategies being used. Conclusions are drawn on how varying the control parameters of the model governs the overall behaviour and survival of the species. It is observed that in such a complex system, with multiple mutating prey, a large range of non-linear dynamics is possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-70
Number of pages20
JournalCommunications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation
Early online date16 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Nov 2016


  • Predator–prey
  • Multiple species
  • Mutation
  • Predation strategies


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