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Living in groups

Author: Jens Krause, Dr.; Graeme D Ruxton
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Oxford series in ecology and evolution.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Group living is a widespread phenomenon amongst animals. This book focuses on the unifying concepts regarding group behaviour. It discusses the mechanisms that govern the evolution and maintenance of  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jens Krause, Dr.; Graeme D Ruxton
ISBN: 0198508174 9780198508175 0198508182 9780198508182
OCLC Number: 48532770
Description: xiv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The benefits of group formation --
Anti-predator vigilance --
The classical many-eyes theory --
How individual vigilance works --
Information transfer between individuals --
Some unanswered questions on group vigilance --
Dilution of risk --
Avoidance, dilution, and abatement --
Predator swamping --
The Selfish herd --
Defence against parasites --
Predator confusion --
Theory --
Empirical support for theoretical predictions --
Cognitive limitations --
Communal defence against predators --
Predator learning --
Foraging benefits to grouping --
Benefits for predators --
Finding food --
Finding a mate --
Conserving heat and water --
Reducing the energetic costs of movement --
Movement in water --
Movement in air --
Some costs to grouping --
Increased attack rate on larger groups --
Foraging in a group --
Kleptoparasitism --
Aggression more generally --
Pseudo-interference --
Shadow interference of sit and wait predators --
Just getting in each other's way --
Prey response to detected predators --
A note on generality --
Increased parasite burdens --
Misdirected parental care --
Cuckoldry --
Brood parasitism and adoption --
The size of a group --
Combining costs and benefits of grouping --
An illustrative example --
The shape of the fitness function --
Are optimal group sizes likely to be seen in nature? --
An argument why groups should be larger than optimal --
Refinements of the argument --
The role of relatedness --
The influence of competition --
The effect of dominance hierarchies.
Series Title: Oxford series in ecology and evolution.
Responsibility: Jens Krause, Graeme D. Ruxton.
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It's a very nice book and I learned a lot from it. David Sloan Wilson, Depts of Biology and Anthropology, Binghamton University, NY Living in Groups is highly worthwhile for any biologist interested Read more...

 
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