Data from: Multi-scale movement syndromes for comparative analyses of animal movement patterns

Kays R, Hirsch BT, Caillaud D, Mares R, Alavi S, Havmøller RW, Crofoot MC. 2023. Data from: Multi-scale movement syndromes for comparative analyses of animal movement patterns. Movebank Data Repository.
Background: Animal movement is a behavioral trait shaped by the need to find food and suitable habitat, avoid predators, and reproduce. Using high-resolution tracking data, it is possible to describe movement in greater detail than ever before, which has led to many discoveries about the behavioral strategies of particular species. Recently, enough data been become available to enable a comparative approach, which has the potential to uncover general causes and consequences of variation in movement patterns, but which must be scale specific. Methods: Here we introduce a new multi-scale movement syndrome (MSMS) framework for describing and comparing animal movements and use it to explore the behavior of four sympatric mammals. MSMS incorporates four hierarchical scales of animal movement: (1) fine-scale movement steps which accumulate into (2) daily paths which then, over weeks or months, form a (3) life-history phase. Finally, (4) the lifetime track of an individual consists of multiple life-history phases connected by dispersal or migration events. We suggest a series of metrics to describe patterns of movement at each of these scales and use the first three scales of this framework to compare the movement of 46 animals from four frugivorous mammal species. Results: While subtle differences exist between the four species in their step-level movements, they cluster into three distinct movement syndromes in both path- and life-history phase level analyses. Differences in feeding ecology were a better predictor of movement patterns than a species’ locomotory or sensory adaptations. Conclusions: Given the role these species play as seed dispersers, these movement syndromes could have important ecosystem implications by affecting the pattern of seed deposition. This multiscale approach provides a hierarchical framework for comparing animal movement for addressing ecological and evolutionary questions. It parallels scales of analyses for resource selection functions, offering the potential to connect movement process with emergent patterns of space use.
Ateles geoffroyi,Cebus capucinus,Nasua narica,Potos flavus,Pecari tajacu,animal tracking,black-handed spider monkey,Central American spider monkey,collared peccary,GPS telemetry,kinkajou,primates,white-headed capuchin,white-nosed coati
Ateles geoffroyi
Central American spider monkey
Cebus capucinus
white-headed capuchin
Nasua narica
White-nosed Coati
Potos flavus
Pecari tajacu
collared peccary
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  title = {Data from: Multi-scale movement syndromes for comparative analyses of animal movement patterns},
  author = {Kays, R and Hirsch, BT and Caillaud, D and Mares, R and Alavi, S and Havmøller, RW and Crofoot, MC},
  year = {2023},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.295},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.295
T1  - Data from: Multi-scale movement syndromes for comparative analyses of animal movement patterns
AU  - Kays, Roland
AU  - Hirsch, Ben T.
AU  - Caillaud, Damien
AU  - Mares, Rafael
AU  - Alavi, Shauhin
AU  - Havmøller, Rasmus Worsøe
AU  - Crofoot, Margaret C.
Y1  - 2023/10/18
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - black-handed spider monkey
KW  - Central American spider monkey
KW  - collared peccary
KW  - GPS telemetry
KW  - kinkajou
KW  - primates
KW  - white-headed capuchin
KW  - white-nosed coati
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.295
ER  -