##### Asked by: Rayford Legarra

asked in category: General Last Updated: 26th April, 2020# How are density dependent limiting factors different from density independent limiting factors?

**Density**-

**dependent limiting factors**cause a population's per capita growth rate to change—typically, to drop—with increasing population

**density**.

**Density**-

**independent factors**affect per capita growth rate

**independent**of population

**density**. Examples include natural disasters like forest fires.

In this way, what is the difference between density dependent limiting factors and density independent limiting factors?

Explain the **difference between** a **density**-**dependent limiting factor** and a **density**-**independent factor**. **Density**-**independent limiting factors** affect populations no matter what their size is; **density**-**dependent** ones affect the population only when the number of organisms reach a certain level.

Beside above, is emigration a density independent limiting factor? **Density**-**dependent limiting factors** lower birth rates or increase death/**emigration** rates via increased intraspecific competition at higher population densities. Cycles of growth and decline **limit** some predator and prey populations.

Also Know, what are density independent limiting factors?

**density**-**independent factor** Any **factor limiting** the size of a population whose effect is not dependent on the number of individuals in the population. An example of such a **factor** is an earthquake, which will kill all members of the population regardless of whether the population is small or large.

How do parasites serve as a density dependent limiting factor?

Parasitism is considered as a **density**-**dependent limiting factor**. Given this case, **parasites serve** as a **limiting factor** to population growth because they cause a decrease in the population of the host species.