Landscape Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 213–221 | Cite as

Fractals and search paths in mammals

  • Jordi Bascompte
  • Carles Vilà


The fractal index by Katz and George (1985) for thecharacterization of planar curves is applied to wolf search pathsrecorded by radio-telemetry. All the sets of paths studied showspatial patterns whose complexity is between a straight line anda true random walk. Females‘ fractal dimensions show significantchanges throughout the year, depending on the state of their lifecycle (normal, breeding and wandering). There are alsodifferences between males and females, but not between adults andnon-adults. The results are discussed with regard to wolffood-search strategies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jordi Bascompte
    • 1
  • Carles Vilà
    • 2
  1. 1.Departament d‘EcologiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Estación Biológica de DoñanaConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasSevillaSpain

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