In Focus: Ellison, N., Hatchwell, B. J., Biddiscombe, S. J., Napper, C. J., & Potts, J. R. (2020). Mechanistic home range analysis reveals drivers of space use patterns for a non-territorial passerine. Journal of Animal Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365- 2656.13292. Most animals for which space use has been studied restrict their movements into a constrained spatial area: their home range. The ubiquity of this space-use pattern suggests that home ranges are adaptive in a wide range of ecological contexts, and that they likely arise from general biological mechanisms. In this issue, Ellison et al. use a mechanistic home range analysis (MHRA) to uncover the drivers underlying home range patterns in a passerine that is non-territorial. They show that a model integrating both resource preferences (specifically, an attraction to woodland centre), and memory-mediated conspecific avoidance can capture the space-use patterns observed in a wild population of long-tailed tits Aegithalos caudatus. In doing so, their analysis extends the applicability of MHRA to capturing and predicting home range patterns beyond the previously studied cases where spatially exclusive home ranges emerge from scent mark-mediated avoidance responses to neighbouring groups.

Ranc, N.; Cagnacci, F.; Moorcroft, P.R. (2020). Knowing your neighbours: how memory-mediated conspecific avoidance influences home ranges. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 89 (12): 2746-2749. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13374 handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/67303

Knowing your neighbours: how memory-mediated conspecific avoidance influences home ranges

Ranc, N.
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Cagnacci, F.;
2020

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In Focus: Ellison, N., Hatchwell, B. J., Biddiscombe, S. J., Napper, C. J., & Potts, J. R. (2020). Mechanistic home range analysis reveals drivers of space use patterns for a non-territorial passerine. Journal of Animal Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365- 2656.13292. Most animals for which space use has been studied restrict their movements into a constrained spatial area: their home range. The ubiquity of this space-use pattern suggests that home ranges are adaptive in a wide range of ecological contexts, and that they likely arise from general biological mechanisms. In this issue, Ellison et al. use a mechanistic home range analysis (MHRA) to uncover the drivers underlying home range patterns in a passerine that is non-territorial. They show that a model integrating both resource preferences (specifically, an attraction to woodland centre), and memory-mediated conspecific avoidance can capture the space-use patterns observed in a wild population of long-tailed tits Aegithalos caudatus. In doing so, their analysis extends the applicability of MHRA to capturing and predicting home range patterns beyond the previously studied cases where spatially exclusive home ranges emerge from scent mark-mediated avoidance responses to neighbouring groups.
Aegithalos caudatus
Long-tailed tit
Mechanistic home range analysis
Movement
Space-use
Settore BIO/07 - ECOLOGIA
Ranc, N.; Cagnacci, F.; Moorcroft, P.R. (2020). Knowing your neighbours: how memory-mediated conspecific avoidance influences home ranges. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 89 (12): 2746-2749. doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.13374 handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/67303
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