Animal Conflict by Felicity A. Huntingford, Angela K. Turner (auth.), Felicity

By Felicity A. Huntingford, Angela K. Turner (auth.), Felicity A. Huntingford, Angela K. Turner (eds.)

In the previous 20 years there were many new advancements within the examine of animal behaviour: for instance, extra subtle equipment of neurophysiology; extra detailed innovations for assessing hormonal degrees; extra actual equipment for learning animals within the wild; and, at the useful facet, the expansion of behavioural ecology with its use of optimality thought and video game concept. additionally, there was a burgeoning variety of reports on a variety of species. The learn of aggression has benefited enormously from those enhance­ ments; this is often mirrored within the visual appeal of a couple of really expert texts, either on behavioural ecology and on body structure and genetics. despite the fact that, those books have usually been collections of papers through spe­ cialists for experts. nobody booklet brings jointly for the non­ professional all of the assorted features of aggression, together with behavioural ecology, genetics, improvement, evolution and neurophysiology. Neither has there been a comparative survey facing a majority of these points. hence considered one of our goals in penning this publication was once to fill in those gaps. one other of our goals was once to place aggression into context with admire to different points of an animal's way of life and particularly to alternative routes during which animals care for conflicts of curiosity. competitive behaviour doesn't take place in a organic vacuum. It either affects and is encouraged through the animal's ecological and social surroundings, so we contemplate either the advanced antecedent stipulations during which competitive behaviour happens, and its ramifying outcomes within the ecosystem.

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Intruders to a territory usually avoid the owner; should an encounter take place, the owner increases his rate of scent-marking and the intruder generally retreats. Direct encounters are rare and physical aggression rarer still (Erlinge, Sandell and Brinke, 1982). Several species of carnivores live in groups, hunt communally and defend ajoint territory. At low densities, lions have a territory within a larger home range, at high densities a territory only. The pride consists of several related females with their young and one or a few males.

_ __ _ The main impression given by the survey of animal conflict in the preceding chapter is one of bewildering variety. In the present chapter we make some general points using examples from throughout the animal kingdom. The literature on this topic uses a number of special terms and concepts: threat and submission, ritualization and escalation, dominance and territoriality. This chapter has the additional aim of explaining what these mean. 1 HOW DO ANIMALS FIGHT? 1 Techniques Animals employ a range of techniques to overpower other individuals whose interests conflict with their own.

Accidental killing. Sometimes during the course of fights between competitors, individuals other than the participants get injured or killed (page 306). Thus female toads, dungflies and fleas may be killed in the middle of a mass of males which are fighting over them, or as a result of incessant copulations; young elephant seals may be crushed by large bulls fighting over females. Thus in spite of the widely accepted picture of animal aggression as a harmless exchange of signals, fierce fighting, injury and killing are quite common features of conflict among members of the same speCIes.

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