Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms by H. Martin Schaefer (auth.), Peter Kappeler (eds.)

By H. Martin Schaefer (auth.), Peter Kappeler (eds.)

The examine of animal behaviour is without doubt one of the quickest becoming sub-disciplines in biology. The ensuing range of conceptual techniques and methodological ideas makes it more and more tricky for pros and scholars to maintain abreast of significant new advancements. This edited quantity offers updated stories that facilitate orientation in key parts of animal behaviour, together with communique, cognition, clash, cooperation, sexual choice and behavioural edition. The contributions deal with evolutionary and proximate points of behaviour and in addition disguise either invertebrates and vertebrates. very important techniques are handled in separate glossaries and key examples highlighted in separate textual content packing containers. Richly illustrated with color figures, this quantity bargains a good dependent review of the entire major advancements in present animal behaviour study. it's excellent for instructing upper-level classes, the place will probably be crucial examining for complicated scholars accustomed to uncomplicated suggestions and ideas.

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In chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), victims of aggression tend to modify the acoustic structure of their screams to exaggerate the situation, but only in the presence of individuals that are capable of intervening and supporting the caller (Slocombe and Zuberbühler 2007). Moreover, female chimpanzees are more likely to produce copulation calls in the presence of high-ranking males, but they are less likely to call when high-ranking females are nearby, suggesting that adjustment of calling rate may serve to reduce competition among females (Townsend et al.

Evol Ecol 13:673-689 Otte D (1974) Effects and functions in the evolution of signaling systems. Annu Rev Ecol Syst 5:385-417 Prabhu C, Cheng K (2008) One day is all it takes: circadian modulation of the retrieval of colour memories in honeybees. Behav Ecol Sociobiol 63:11-22 Pryke SR, Andersson S (2002) A generalized female bias for long tails in a shorttailed widowbird. Proc R Soc Lond B 269:2141-2146 Regan BC, Julliot C, Simmen B, Viénot F, Charles-Dominique P, Mollon JD (2001) Fruits, foliage and the evolution of primate colour vision.

The colouration of the bracts in the infructescences of black elder (Sambucus nigra) is a good example of an environmentally driven communication system (Fig. 4). In forest gaps, individuals have red bracts, whereas the bracts remain green in individuals growing in forest shade. Bract colouration is a phenotypically plastic trait because individuals can sport both colour phenotypes if they receive direct sunlight on only one side. Red colouration often develops in plant tissue as a protection against excess sun light.

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