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Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

Editors-in-Chief: T.C.M. Bakker; J.F.A. Traniello

ISSN: 0340-5443 (print version)
ISSN: 1432-0762 (electronic version)

Journal no. 265

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2014:

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Cover illustration: Oliver Krüger
A polar bear pounces to break the pack ice off the coast of Severnaya Zemlya in Russia. Polar bears locate seal pups in their lairs by smell and try to break into them.

2013:

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Cover illustration: Peter M. Buston and Shane Paterson
Animal societies are one of the most remarkable products of evolution, and they have been a hotbed for tests of evolutionary theory ever since Darwin pointed out the difficulties that some aspects of societies (e.g., non-breeding strategies and helping strategies) posed for his theory of natural selection. The existence of societies requires that genetically selfish individuals come together and reproduce as part of a group. In these groups, there will be potential conflict between individuals over the allocation of reproduction. This potential conflict must be resolved for these groups to be stable. Thus the key to understanding societies lies in understanding how and why reproductive conflicts among individuals are resolved. The photograph on the cover shows a male clown anemonefish, Amphiprion percula (Pomacentridae) caring for his day-old eggs. Groups of A. percula are always found in close association with sea anemones (in this case, the magnificent sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica), which provide them with protection from predators. Each group is composed of a dominant breeding pair and zero to four subordinate non-breeders. A. percula has been studied to understand i) why breeders tolerate the presence of non-breeders, ii) why non-breeders tolerate their situation, iii) how potential conflict between breeders and non-breeders is resolved, and iv) how strategies at the individual level give rise to emergent properties, such as size-hierarchies, at the group level. In A. percula, breeders gain no measureable benefits from the presence of non-breeders, but non-breeders benefit greatly from their position because they stand to inherit a breeding position in the future and there is nowhere else for them to go (the habitat is completely saturated). This asymmetry in the benefits of the association creates a potential conflict, because non-breeders are always potential challengers to breeders. This conflict is resolved by breeders threatening to evict non-breeders and, in response to this threat, each non-breeder regulating its growth to remain exactly 80% of the body size of its immediate dominant – at this size subordinates have a zero probability of winning a contest with their dominant and they are tolerated. Work on A. percula demonstrates the importance of understanding future benefits and hidden threats if we are to understand the current actions of individuals in animal societies. PMB.

2012:

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Cover illustration: WMXDesign GmbH, Heidelberg

2011:

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Cover illustration:
-Big cover picture: Carlos Palacín 2009
-Small cover pictures by courtesy of WMXDesign, Heidelberg

2010:

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Cover illustration: WMXDesign GmbH, Heidelberg

 

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    The journal publishes reviews, original contributions and commentaries dealing with quantitative empirical and theoretical studies in the analysis of animal behavior at the level of the individual, group, population, community, and species. The section "Methods" considers submissions concerning statistical procedures and their problems, as well as with problems related to measurement techniques.

    Special emphasis is placed on ultimate functions and evolution of ecological adaptations of behavior, in addition to mechanistic studies of proximate cause.

    Among aspects of particular interest are intraspecific behavioral interactions, with special focus on social behavior including altruism, cooperation and parental care; pre- and postzygotic sexual selection;kin recognition and kin selection, group structure, social networks; interspecific behavioral interactions including competition, resource partitioning, speciation, foraging, mutualism, predator-prey interactions and parasitism; signalling, behavioral ecophysiology, information processing and neuroecology; behavioral genetics; sociogenomics, behavioral plasticity and behavioral syndromes; dispersal and orientation in space and time; and relevant evolutionary and functional theory.

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