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Publication details for Dr Martyn Lucas

Skov, C., Lucas, M.C. & Jacobsen, L. (2018). Spatial ecology. In Biology and Ecology of Pike. Skov, C. & Nilsson, P.A.(Eds) CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton. 83-120.
  • Publication type: Chapter in book
  • ISSN/ISBN: 9781482262902 (hardback)
  • Keywords: Esox lucius, spatial ecology, behaviour, telemetry

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This chapter describes the complexity of the spatial behavior of pike Esox lucius and discusses movement patterns and habitat use of pike in lentic, lotic and coastal brackish areas. The chapter divides into four sections dealing with 1) activity levels and swimming speeds, 2) home range and site fidelity, 3) habitat use and movements between habitats and finally a fourth section, that deals solely with the spatial ecology of young pike and larvae. The large number of studies integrated in this review has generated a range of, frequently conflicting, conclusions on patterns in the spatial ecology of pike. Some patterns are clear, such as the strong habitat association of small pike to heavily vegetated areas compared to, for example, the much more variable habitat association of larger pike. Although pike, undoubtedly can be highly sedentary and forage in a sit-and-wait style, the studies reviewed in this chapter also strongly support the view that pike are very flexible in their spatial ecology between and within populations across the diverse range of habitats which they inhabit.