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Allometric scaling of intraspecific space use

Rosten, C.M.; Gozlan, R.E.; Lucas, M.C.

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C.M. Rosten

R.E. Gozlan


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.


Rosten, C., Gozlan, R., & Lucas, M. (2016). Allometric scaling of intraspecific space use. Biology Letters, 12(3), Article 20150673.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 19, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 15, 2016
Publication Date Mar 15, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 31, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2016
Journal Biology Letters
Print ISSN 1744-9561
Electronic ISSN 1744-957X
Publisher The Royal Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Article Number 20150673


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© 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.

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