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932Fwd: [MARMAM] New paper on site fidelity and space use of southern Australian bottlenose dolphins

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  • Ana Paula Cazerta Farro
    1 de dez de 2017
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      De: "Ceci Passadore" <cecipass8@...>
      Data: 1 de dez de 2017 11:40 AM
      Assunto: [MARMAM] New paper on site fidelity and space use of southern Australian bottlenose dolphins
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      Dear colleagues,

       

      We are pleased to announce the release of the following publication in Ecology and Evolution:

       

      Passadore, C., Möller, L., Diaz-Aguirre, F., & Parra, G. J. (2017). High site fidelity and restricted ranging patterns in southern Australian bottlenose dolphins. Ecology and Evolution, 00, 1-15. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3674

       

      Abstract: Information on site fidelity and ranging patterns of wild animals are critical to understand how they use their environment and guide conservation and management strategies. Delphinids show a wide variety of site fidelity and ranging patterns. Between September 2013 and October 2015, we used boat-based surveys, photographic-identification, biopsy sampling, clustering analysis and geographic information systems to determine the site fidelity patterns and representative ranges of southern Australian bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops cf. australis) inhabiting the inner area of Coffin Bay, a highly productive inverse estuary located within Thorny Passage Marine Park, South Australia. Agglomerative hierarchical clustering of individuals’ site fidelity index and sighting rates indicated that the majority of dolphins within the inner area of Coffin Bay are ‘regular residents’ (n = 125), followed by ‘occasional residents’ (n = 28), and ‘occasional visitors’ (n = 26). The low standard distance deviation indicated that resident dolphins remained close to their main centre of use (range = 0.7 4.7 km, X ± SD = 2.3 ± 0.9 km). Representative ranges of resident dolphins were small (range = 3.9 33.5 km2, X ± SD = 15.2 ± 6.8 km2), with no significant differences between males and females (Kruskal-Wallis, chi2 = 0.426, p = 0.808). The representative range of 56% of the resident dolphins was restricted to a particular bay within the study area. The strong site fidelity and restricted ranging patterns among individuals could be linked to the high population density of this species in the inner area of Coffin Bay, coupled with differences in social structure and feeding habits. Our results emphasize the importance of productive habitats as a major factor driving site fidelity and restricted movement patterns in highly mobile marine mammals, and the high conservation value of the inner area of Coffin Bay for southern Australian bottlenose dolphins.

       

      Open access: http://onlinelibrary. wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3. 3674/full


      On behalf of all authors,

       

      Cecilia Passadore


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      Cecilia Passadore

      PhD. candidate
      Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Lab (CEBEL)
      School of Biological Sciences
      Flinders University
      Sturt Road, Bedford Park, South Australia, 5042
      GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australia, 5001
      Lab website: www.cebel.org.au

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