Migratory coupling between predators and prey.

Academic Article


  • Animal migrations act to couple ecosystems and are undertaken by some of the world's most endangered taxa. Predators often exploit migrant prey, but the movements taken by these consumers are rarely studied or understood. We define such movements, where migrant prey induce large-scale movements of predators, as migratory coupling. Migratory coupling can have ecological consequences for the participating prey, predators and the communities they traverse across the landscape. We review examples of migratory coupling in the literature and provide hypotheses regarding conditions favourable for their occurrence. We also provide a framework for interactions induced by migratory coupling and demonstrate their potential community-level impacts by examining other forms of spatial shifts in predators. Migratory coupling integrates the fields of landscape, movement, food web and community ecologies, and represents an understudied frontier in ecology.
  • Authors

  • Furey, Nathaniel
  • Armstrong, Jonathan B
  • Beauchamp, David A
  • Hinch, Scott G
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 2018
  • Published In


  • Animal Migration
  • Animals
  • Ecosystem
  • Food Chain
  • Invertebrates
  • Predatory Behavior
  • Vertebrates
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 30467414
  • Start Page

  • 1846
  • End Page

  • 1853
  • Volume

  • 2
  • Issue

  • 12