Does offspring living longer affect the population at all? Does it increase or decrease carrying capacity K?

1 Answer
Jan 6, 2016

The life time of offspring has effects on the population but not on K.


For an iteroparous species ( contrary to semelparous species that have only one occurences of reproduction) living longer mean more chances to reproduces. Individuals That live longer and produces offspring in greater quantity tend to have greater effective and growth rate. Such a population will most likely reach K faster but if the habitat doesn't changes, hence the ressources stay the same, K will remain the same.