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Animal orientation strategies for movement in flows [Review]

Animal orientation strategies for movement in flows [Review]

Chapman, Jason W., Klaassen, Raymond H.G., Drake, V. Alistair, Fossette, Sabrina, Hays, Graeme C., Metcalfe, Julian D., Reynolds, Andrew M., Reynolds, Don R. and Alerstam, Thomas (2011) Animal orientation strategies for movement in flows [Review]. Current Biology, 21 (20). R861-R870. ISSN 0960-9822 (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.014)

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Abstract

For organisms that fly or swim, movement results from the combined effects of the moving medium — air or water — and the organism's own locomotion. For larger organisms, propulsion contributes significantly to progress but the flow usually still provides significant opposition or assistance, or produces lateral displacement (‘drift’). Animals show a range of responses to flows, depending on the direction of the flow relative to their preferred direction, the speed of the flow relative to their own self-propelled speed, the incidence of flows in different directions and the proportion of the journey remaining. We here present a classification of responses based on the direction of the resulting movement relative to flow and preferred direction, which is applicable to a range of taxa and environments. The responses adopted in particular circumstances are related to the organisms' locomotory and sensory capacities and the environmental cues available. Advances in biologging technologies and particle tracking models are now providing a wealth of data, which often demonstrate a striking level of convergence in the strategies that very different animals living in very different environments employ when moving in a flow.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Acknowledgement on paper: This review arose out of a workshop held at the Lorentz Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Uncontrolled Keywords: animal orientation strategies, movement,locomotion, propulsion
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
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Last Modified: 10 Jun 2015 13:53
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6950

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