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Type: Journal article
Title: When the going gets tough: Behavioural type-dependent space use in the sleepy lizard changes as the season dries
Author: Spiegel, O.
Leu, S.
Sih, A.
Godfrey, S.
Bull, C.
Citation: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2015; 282(1819):20151768
Publisher: Royal Society Publishing
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0962-8452
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Orr Spiegel, Stephan T. Leu, Andrew Sih, Stephanie S. Godfrey and C. Michael Bull
Abstract: Understanding space use remains a major challenge for animal ecology, with implications for species interactions, disease spread, and conservation. Behavioural type (BT) may shape the space use of individuals within animal populations. Bolder or more aggressive individuals tend to be more exploratory and disperse further. Yet, to date we have limited knowledge on how space use other than dispersal depends on BT. To address this question we studied BT-dependent space-use patterns of sleepy lizards (Tiliqua rugosa) in southern Australia. We combined high-resolution global positioning system (GPS) tracking of 72 free-ranging lizards with repeated behavioural assays, and with a survey of the spatial distributions of their food and refuge resources. Bayesian generalized linear mixed models (GLMM) showed that lizards responded to the spatial distribution of resources at the neighbourhood scale and to the intensity of space use by other conspecifics (showing apparent conspecific avoidance). BT (especially aggressiveness) affected space use by lizards and their response to ecological and social factors, in a seasonally dependent manner. Many of these effects and interactions were stronger later in the season when food became scarce and environmental conditions got tougher. For example, refuge and food availability became more important later in the season and unaggressive lizards were more responsive to these predictors. These findings highlight a commonly overlooked source of heterogeneity in animal space use and improve our mechanistic understanding of processes leading to behaviourally driven disease dynamics and social structure.
Keywords: Animal personality; Bayesian generalized linear mixed models (GLMM); behavioural syndromes; global positioning system (GPS)- telemetry; movement ecology; spatial ecology
Rights: © 2015 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
RMID: 1000012130
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1768
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