Tidal-diel patterns of movement, activity and habitat use by juvenile mangrove whiprays using towed-float GPS telemetry

Stingrays are a relatively diverse and widespread group of elasmobranchs. Despite their ecological and economical importance, many aspects of stingray ecology remain poorly understood. Few studies have examined juvenile stingrays fine-scale movements within nursery areas. This study aimed to examine diel movement patterns in juvenile mangrove whiprays (Urogymnus granulatus) using towed-float GPS telemetry within a reef flat habitat of the Great Barrier Reef.

The dataset consists of an Excel spreadsheet including GPS tracks of 10 young-of-the-year and juvenile (3 males and 7 females) mangrove whiprays. Tracking occured between 2016 and 2017. Two individuals were tracked twice, thus a total of 12 tracks were analyzed, five during the day and seven at night, ranging from 1.35 to 9 hours.

Tracking data were analysed using the adehabitatLT, adehabitatHR and glmmTMB packages in R.

Disc width and Tide height values are in cm; Tank time and duration of track in h; Total displacement in m; Activity space in km2 ; Rate of Movement in m min-1

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    Stingrays are a relatively diverse and widespread group of elasmobranchs. Despite their ecological and economical importance, many aspects of stingray ecology remain poorly understood. Few studies have examined juvenile stingrays fine-scale movements within nursery areas. This study aimed to examine diel movement patterns in juvenile mangrove whiprays (Urogymnus granulatus) using towed-float GPS telemetry within a reef flat habitat of the Great Barrier Reef.

    The dataset consists of an Excel spreadsheet including GPS tracks of 10 young-of-the-year and juvenile (3 males and 7 females) mangrove whiprays. Tracking occured between 2016 and 2017. Two individuals were tracked twice, thus a total of 12 tracks were analyzed, five during the day and seven at night, ranging from 1.35 to 9 hours.

    Tracking data were analysed using the adehabitatLT, adehabitatHR and glmmTMB packages in R.

    Disc width and Tide height values are in cm; Tank time and duration of track in h; Total displacement in m; Activity space in km2 ; Rate of Movement in m min-1

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    • Descriptor

      This dataset is available as a spreadsheet saved in both MS Excel (.xlsx) and Open Document (.ods) formats.

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  • Data type dataset
  • Keywords
    • batoids
    • GPS telemetry
    • fine-scale movements
    • nursery area
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  • Research themes
    Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
    FoR Codes (*)
    • 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
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    Specify spatial or temporal setting of the data
    Temporal (time) coverage
  • Start Date 2016/04/04
  • End Date 2017/08/31
  • Time Period
    Spatial (location) coverage
  • Locations
    • Orpheus Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
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    Citation Martins, Ana Paula; Heupel, Michelle; Bierwagen, Stacy; Chin, Andrew; Simpfendorfer, Colin (2020): Tidal-diel patterns of movement, activity and habitat use by juvenile mangrove whiprays using towed-float GPS telemetry. James Cook University. https://doi.org/10.25903/5f4301f43296d