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Ravache A., Bourgeois K., Thibault M., Dromzee S., Weimerskirch H., de Grissac S., Prudor A., Lorrain Anne, Menkès Christophe, Allain V., Bustamante P., Letourneur Y., Vidal Eric. (2020). Flying to the moon : lunar cycle influences trip duration and nocturnal foraging behavior of the wedge-tailed shearwater Ardenna pacifica. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 525, art. 151322 [9p.]. ISSN 0022-0981

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Flying to the moon : lunar cycle influences trip duration and nocturnal foraging behavior of the wedge-tailed shearwater Ardenna pacifica
Année de publication2020
Type de documentArticle référencé dans le Web of Science WOS:000520951000005
AuteursRavache A., Bourgeois K., Thibault M., Dromzee S., Weimerskirch H., de Grissac S., Prudor A., Lorrain Anne, Menkès Christophe, Allain V., Bustamante P., Letourneur Y., Vidal Eric.
SourceJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 2020, 525, p. art. 151322 [9p.]. p. art. 151322 [9p.] ISSN 0022-0981
RésuméLunar phase and illumination are known to affect nocturnal behavior of many organisms, particularly through predator-prey interactions. Visual predators can benefit from higher light levels to increase their activity, while prey may decrease their activity to avoid predation. The lower number of nocturnal seabirds observed on colonies during full moon nights has been mostly interpreted as a predation avoidance strategy. However, it is also possible that shearwaters take advantage of the moon's illumination to feed also at night, and stay at sea to forage during full moon nights. We used miniaturized GPS-loggers to obtain 179 tracks from 99 wedge-tailed shearwaters breeding in New Caledonia, to investigate moonlight effects on individual behavior. Lunar phase significantly predicted self-provisioning trip duration, with individuals performing longer trips around the full moon. However, this relationship was not significant during chick-provisioning trips when adults have to frequently return to the colony. Adults mostly returned to the colony during moonlit periods, refuting the predation avoidance theory. Tracked individuals showed an unexpectedly high amount of nocturnal foraging activity (28% of total activity), positively influenced by the presence of the moon. delta N-15 stable isotope values were significantly related to the percentage of nocturnal foraging, but with a weak relationship, impeding our ability to confirm that wedge-tailed shearwaters fed on different prey when foraging at night. This study suggests that reduced colony attendance around the full moon may be linked to greater at-sea foraging opportunities in distant oceanic areas than to increased predation risk on land.
Plan de classementLimnologie biologique / Océanographie biologique [034]
Descr. géo.NOUVELLE CALEDONIE ; CORAIL MER ; PACIFIQUE SUD OUEST
LocalisationFonds IRD [F B010078879]
Identifiant IRDfdi:010078879
Lien permanenthttp://www.documentation.ird.fr/hor/fdi:010078879

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