Editor's Choice Award

The Editor’s Choice Award and the Editor’s Choice are open to all articles published in the Journal of Ethology. Selected members of the editorial committee decide on the Editor’s Choice (6–10 articles) in the volume for the year, and the first place among them receives the special award. All winning articles are given open access through the courtesy of the Japan Ethological Society (currently valued at Euro 2,480 per article). Unrestricted online access allows high exposure and visibility for the articles.

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The editorial committee of the Journal of Ethology and Japan Ethological Society make short movies to explain the significance and the main results of the studies of Editor's Choice articles in several minutes. Click on the [Video] link in the list of winning articles below, or visit Journal of Ethology official YouTube channel to browse the collection of movies!

Editor’s Choice Award 2020

Video Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 155-160
An elaborate behavioural sequence reinforces the decoy effect of ink during predatory attacks on squid
[Video w/Jpn subtitles]
Yuto Hikidi, Noritaka Hirohashi, Takashi Kasugai & Noriyosi Sato

Editor's Choice 2020

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 107–116
Route reassessment by transporter ants improves speed and directional accuracy of cooperative transport in Formica japonica
Shumpei Hisamoto, Natsumi Hosaka, Yuka Matsunami & Hideo Iwasaki 

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 71–77
Herding mechanisms to maintain the cohesion of a harem group: two interaction phases during herding
Monamie Ringhofer, Clark Kendrick Go, Sota Inoue, Renata S. Mendonça, Satoshi Hirata, Takatomi Kubo, Kazushi Ikeda & Shinya Yamamoto

Review | Journal of Ethology | Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 137–154
Fiddler crabs and their above-ground sedimentary structures: a review
[Video w/subtitles (Portuguese or Japanese)]
Juan C. F. Pardo, Gabriel Stefanelli-Silva, John H. Christy & Tânia M. Costa

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 179–184
Experimental tail shortening affects feeding rate depending on original tail length in female barn swallows Hirundo rustica gutturalis
Masaru Hasegawa, Emi Arai & Masahiko Nakamura

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 185–194
Widespread army ant aversion among East African jumping spiders (Salticidae)
Ximena J. Nelson, Samuel Aguilar-Arguello & Robert R. Jackson

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 253-270
Qualitative description of the submission and agonistic behavior of the Spix’s Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii, Spix 1824), with special reference to the displacement displays
Vladislav Marcuk, Cromwell Purchase, Donovan de Boer, Marcellus Bürkle & Katrin Scholtyssek

Editor’s Choice Award 2019

Short Communication | Journal of Ethology | Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 111-115
Unique numerical competence of Asian elephants on the relative numerosity judgment task
[Video]
Naoko Irie, Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, and Nobuyuki Kutsukake

Editor’s Choice 2019 

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 21-29
A nudibranch removes rival sperm with a disposable spiny penis
[Video Jpn version]
Ayami Sekizawa, Shin G. Goto, and Yasuhiro Nakashima

Review | Journal of Ethology | Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 139-150
Kin selection and reproductive value in social mammals
[Video] [Video w/Jpn subtitles]
Masaru Hasegawa and Nobuyuki Kutsukake

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 167-174
Alarm call modification by prairie dogs in the presence of juveniles
[Video] [Video w/ Jpn subtitles]
Grete E. Wilson-Henjum, Jacob R. Job, Megan F. McKenna, Graeme Shannon, and George Wittemyer

Video Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 259-264
Context-dependent aggression toward non-nestmates in the ant Diacamma sp. from Japan
[Video]
Jumpei Uematsu, Masayuki Hayashi, Hiroyuki Shimoji, Michel-Olivier Laurent Salazar, and Kazuki Tsuji

Article | Journal of Ethology | Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 317-323
Nurture is above nature: nursery experience determines habitat preference of red sea bream Pagrus major juveniles
[Video]
Kohji Takahashi, Reiji Masuda

Editor’s Choice Award 2018

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol.36, Issue 1, pp 99–105
Olfactory discrimination of anal sac secretions in the domestic cat and the chemical profiles of the volatile compounds
[Video]
Tamako Miyazaki, Takashi Nishimura, Tetsuro Yamashita, Masao Miyazaki

Editor’s Choice 2018

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp 135–141
Pre-ovipositional maternal care alleviates food stress of offspring in the flower beetle Dicronocephalus wallichii 
[Video]
Wataru Kojima, Chung-Ping Lin

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp 161–168
Responses to relaxed and reverse selection in strains artificially selected for duration of death-feigning behavior in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum
[Video] [Video w/ Jpn subtitle]
Kentarou Matsumura, Takahisa Miyatake

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 36, Issue 3, pp 221–228
Comparison of personality between juveniles and adults in clonal gecko species
[Video]
Osamu Sakai

Article | Journal of Ethology |Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp 15–22
Effect of social condition on behavioral development during early adult phase in Drosophila prolongata
[Video] [Video w/Jpn subtitle]
Takashi Matsuo

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp 85–91
Influence of aging on brain and web characteristics of an orb web spider
Alain Pasquet, Camille Toscani, Mylène Anotaux 

Video Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp 1–13
Mating and aggressive behaviour of Brachyrhaphis olomina (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae)
[Video]  [Video w/ Jpn subtitle]
Carlos A. Garita-Alvarado, Beatriz Naranjo-Elizondo, Gilbert Barrantes

Video Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp 107–116
Ethological description of a fixed action pattern in a kissing bug (Triatominae): vision, gustation, proboscis extension and drinking of water and guava
[Video]
Oscar Páez-Rondón, Elis Aldana, Joseph Dickens, Fernando Otálora-Luna

Editor’s Choice Award 2017

Article | Journal of Ethology| Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp 177–185
Male mate choice in a sexually cannibalistic species: male escapes from hungry females in the praying mantid Tenodera angustipennis
Mika Kadoi, Kotaro Morimoto, Yasuoki Takami

Editor’s Choice 2017

Short Communication | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp 307–311
Unique arm-flapping behavior of the pharaoh cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis: putative mimicry of a hermit crab
Kohei Okamoto, Haruhiko Yasumuro, Akira Mori, Yuzuru Ikeda

Invited Review | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 35, Issue 1, pp 3–12
Agonistic display or courtship behavior? A review of contests over mating opportunity in butterflies
Tsuyoshi Takeuchi

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp 169–176
Behavioral assay and chemical characters of female sex pheromones in the hermit crab Pagurus filholi
Saori Okamura, Takuma Kawaminami, Hiroshi Matsuura, Nobuhiro Fusetani, Seiji Goshima

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp 251–257
Setting an evolutionary trap: could the hider strategy be maladaptive for white-tailed deer?
M. Colter Chitwood, Marcus A. Lashley, Christopher E. Moorman, Christopher S. DePerno

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp 259–267
Sometimes noise is beneficial: stream noise informs vocal communication in the little torrent frog Amolops torrentis
Longhui Zhao, Bicheng Zhu, Jichao Wang, Steven E. Brauth, Yezhong Tang, Jianguo Cui

Editor’s Choice Award 2016

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp 79-84
Referential calls coordinate multi-species mobbing in a forest bird community
Toshitaka N. Suzuki

Editor’s Choice 2016

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp 9-14
Experiments with claw models explain the function of the waving display of Ilyoplax pusilla (Brachyura: Dotillidae)
Daichi Izumi, Yoko Kawano, Yasuhisa Henmi

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 34, Issue 2, pp 97-105
Correlated responses in death-feigning behavior, activity, and brain biogenic amine expression in red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum strains selected for walking distance
Kentarou Matsumura, Ken Sasaki, Takahisa Miyatake

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp 231-241
Behavioural interactions between the lizard Takydromus tachydromoides and the praying mantis Tenodera aridifolia suggest reciprocal predation between them
Miyuki Fukudome, Yoshifumi Yamawaki

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp 249-254
Do weaponless males of the hermit crab Pagurus minutus give up contests without escalation? Behavior of intruders that lack their major cheliped in male-male contests
Chiaki I. Yasuda, Tsunenori Koga

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 34, Issue 3, pp 291-298
Interference competition between an invasive parakeet and native bird species at feeding sites
Le Louarn Marine, Couillens Bertrand, Deschamps-Cottin Magali, Clergeau Philippe

Editor’s Choice Award 2015

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp 117-124
Distance-dependent switching of anti-predator behavior of frogs from immobility to fleeing
Nozomi Nishiumi, Akira Mori

Editor’s Choice 2015

Video Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 1-7
Paternal care behaviors of Japanese giant salamander Andrias japonicus in natural populations
Sumio Okada, Yukihiro Fukuda, Mizuki K. Takahashi

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 25-33
Guarding males of the hermit crab climb up algae to avoid male–male competition
Takuma Kawaminami, Seiji Goshima

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 35-40
Conditional discrimination in Octopus vulgaris
Koji Tokuda, Reiji Masuda, Yoh Yamashita

Short Communication | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp 55-57
Rapid development of tool use as a strategy to predate invasive land snails
Márcio A. Efe, Fábio Nunes de Paiva, João Marcelo Holderbaum, Richard J. Ladle

Video Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp 109-115
Object play in thick-toed geckos during a space experiment
Valerij Barabanov, Victoria Gulimova, Rustam Berdiev, Sergey Saveliev

Editor’s Choice Award 2014

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp 173-178
Prey size affects the costs and benefits of group predation in nymphs of the predatory stink bug Andrallus spinidens (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae)
Daisuke Hyodo, Chihiro Himuro, Kenji Fujisaki

Editor’s Choice 2014

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp 23-27
Hidden burrow plugs and their function in the tiger beetle, Cosmodela batesi (Coleoptera, Cicindelidae)
Shou-Wang Lin, Toshinori Okuyama

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 32, Issue 1, pp 43-51
Cannibalistic siblicide in praying mantis nymphs (Miomantis caffra)
Murray P. Fea, Margaret C. Stanley, Gregory I. Holwell

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp 91-102
Sexual dimorphism and courtship behavior in Drosophila prolongata
Shiori Setoguchi, Hisaki Takamori, Tadashi Aotsuka, Jun Sese, Yukio Ishikawa, Takashi Matsuo

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp 137-143
Variation in female guppy preference for male olfactory and visual traits.
Aya Sato, Naoko Ozawa, Kenji Karino 

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp 145-153
Juvenile social play and yearling behavior and reproductive success in female Belding’s ground squirrels
Scott Nunes 

Editor’s Choice 2013

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp 9-15
Acoustic structure of songs in island populations of the Japanese bush warbler, Cettia diphone, in relation to sexual selection
Shoji Hamao

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp 29-34
Love is in the air: olfaction-based mate-odour identification by jumping spiders from the genus Cyrba
Ana M. Cerveira, Robert R. Jackson

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 31, Issue 1, pp 79-83
Divergent tail and throat ornamentation in the barn swallow across the Japanese islands
Masaru Hasegawa, Emi Arai

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 123-128
Preadaptation for parthenogenetic colony foundation in subterranean termites Reticulitermes spp. (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
Kazutaka Kawatsu, Kenji Matsuura

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 141-149
Exchange of “signature” calls in captive belugas (Delphinapterus leucas)
Tadamichi Morisaka, Yayoi Yoshida, Yuichiro Akune, Hideki Mishima, Sayo Nishimoto

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 185-191
Paternity assurance before and after fertilization by male burying beetles (Nicrophorus quadripunctatus)
Mamoru Takata, Takuma Kurachi, Satoshi Koyama, Toshiyuki Satoh, Hajime Fugo 

Short Communication | Journal of Ethology |Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp 219-221
Allocleaning behavior by the sentinel crab Macrophthalmus banzai: a case of mutual cooperation
Yurika Fujishima, Keiji Wada

Article | Journal of Ethology | Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp 305-313
Mother–calf interactions and social behavior development in Commerson’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)
Mai Sakai, Tadamichi Morisaka, Mari Iwasaki, Yayoi Yoshida, Ikuo Wakabayashi, Atsushi Seko, Masahiko Kasamatsu, Shiro Kohshima