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Allometric scaling of intraspecific space use.

Rosten, C.M. and Gozlan, R.E. and Lucas, M.C. (2016) 'Allometric scaling of intraspecific space use.', Biology letters., 12 (3). p. 20150673.


Allometric scaling relationships enable exploration of animal space-use patterns, yet interspecific studies cannot address many of the underlying mechanisms. We present the first intraspecific study of home range (HR) allometry relative to energetic requirements over several orders of magnitude of body mass, using as a model the predatory fish, pike Esox lucius. Analogous with interspecific studies, we show that space use increases more rapidly with mass (exponent = 1.08) than metabolic scaling theories predict. Our results support a theory that suggests increasing HR overlap with body mass explains many of these differences in allometric scaling of HR size. We conclude that, on a population scale, HR size and energetic requirement scale allometrically, but with different exponents.

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Publisher statement:© 2016 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
Date accepted:19 February 2016
Date deposited:01 April 2016
Date of first online publication:15 March 2016
Date first made open access:01 April 2016

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