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

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

The learn of animal behaviour is without doubt one of the quickest starting to be sub-disciplines in biology. The ensuing range of conceptual techniques and methodological recommendations makes it more and more tricky for execs and scholars to maintain abreast of significant new advancements. This edited quantity presents up to date reports that facilitate orientation in key parts of animal behaviour, together with verbal exchange, cognition, clash, cooperation, sexual choice and behavioural version. The contributions handle evolutionary and proximate facets of behaviour and in addition conceal either invertebrates and vertebrates. very important strategies are handled in separate glossaries and key examples highlighted in separate textual content bins. Richly illustrated with color figures, this quantity deals a good based review of the entire major advancements in present animal behaviour learn. it's perfect for instructing upper-level classes, the place it will likely be crucial interpreting for complicated scholars acquainted with uncomplicated recommendations and ideas.

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Social eavesdropping occurs when individuals gather information on other individuals by attending to their signalling interaction. This form of eavesdropping has important consequences for individuals that interact regularly with several individuals and have the opportunity to monitor social and communicative interactions of other group members. In contrast, during interceptive eavesdropping, an individual benefits by intercepting signals intended for another individual, usually at a cost to the signaller.

As a consequence, edge detection is mediated primarily by achromatic contrasts because achromatic variation typically exceeds, and is therefore more reliable than, variation in chromatic contrasts (Osorio et al. 1999). Conversely, chromatic contrasts are particularly valuable for identifying objects against an achromatically variable background such as foliage (see Sect. 6). Marginal markings in prey that create either chromatic or achromatic contrasts can yield effective disruptive colouration that camouflages its bearer (Schaefer and Stobbe 2006, Stevens et al.

The examples above indicate that by taking the presence of bystanders, or of a particular category of bystanders, into account, individuals involved in signal interactions can benefit by either enhancing or inhibiting the production of signals. Contexts for enhancing signal production include the attraction of mates (Marler et al. 1986) or recruitment to food sources (Gros-Louis 2004b). , killer whales, Orcinus orca, reducing vocal activity while hunting, see below). This perspective clearly shows the flexibility of animals in the production of acoustic signals, but also the necessity to consider communication within the existing social network, and not only as the sum of dyadic interactions, to understand the variation of signaller’s and receiver’s behaviour in similar contexts.

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