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Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets


Wakefield, ED and Bodey, TW and Bearhop, S and Blackburn, J and Colhoun, K and Davies, R and Dwyer, RG and Green, JA and Gremillet, D and Jackson, AL and Jessopp, MJ and Kane, A and Langston, RHW and Lescroel, A and Murray, S and Le Nuz, M and Patrick, SC and Peron, C and Soanes, LM and Wanless, S and Votier, SC and Hamer, KC, Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets, Science, 341, (6141) pp. 68-70. ISSN 0036-8075 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science

DOI: doi:10.1126/science.1236077


Colonial breeding is widespread among animals. Some, such as eusocial insects, may use agonistic behavior to partition available foraging habitat into mutually exclusive territories; others, such as breeding seabirds, do not. We found that northern gannets, satellite-tracked from 12 neighboring colonies, nonetheless forage in largely mutually exclusive areas and that these colony-specific home ranges are determined by density-dependent competition. This segregation may be enhanced by individual-level public information transfer, leading to cultural evolution and divergence among colonies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Peron, C (Dr Clara Peron)
ID Code:92757
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:212
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-06-26
Last Modified:2014-07-30

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