By Jerry O. Wolff, Paul W. Sherman
Rodent Societies synthesizes and integrates the present kingdom of information in regards to the social habit of rodents, supplying ecological and evolutionary contexts for knowing their societies and highlighting rising conservation and administration concepts to maintain them. It starts with a precis of the evolution, phylogeny, and biogeography of social and nonsocial rodents, offering a ancient foundation for comparative analyses. next sections concentrate on group-living rodents and symbolize their reproductive behaviors, lifestyles histories and inhabitants ecology, genetics, neuroendocrine mechanisms, behavioral improvement, cognitive approaches, communique mechanisms, cooperative and uncooperative behaviors, antipredator recommendations, comparative socioecology, illnesses, and conservation. utilizing the hugely varied and well-studied Rodentia as version structures to combine various examine techniques and evolutionary idea right into a unifying framework, Rodent Societies will attract a variety of disciplines, either as a compendium of present learn and as a stimulus for destiny collaborative and interdisciplinary investigations.
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Comm Edwards 1946 Spermophilus mohavensis defense polygyny Best 1995 Spermophilus parryii Spermophilus richardsonii defense polygyny non-defense/defense polygyny Spermophilus tereticaudus non-defense polygyny California ground squirrel Belding’s ground squirrel Idaho ground squirrel European ground squirrel Columbian ground squirrel Golden-mantled ground squirrel Mexican ground squirrel Mohave ground squirrel Arctic ground squirrel Richardson’s ground squirrel Round-tailed ground squirrel large small yes yes yes yes possibly yes yes large large large large yes References Lacey et al.
Three of these genera, Cynomys, Marmota, and Spermophilus, are of considerable interest to behavioral ecologists. Monophyly for both Marmota and Cynomys is supported (Harrison et al. 2003; Herron et al. 2004), whereas the genus Spermophilus appears paraphyletic, with the genera Ammospermophilus, Cynomys, and Marmota grouping closer to subsets of Spermophilus. As previously indicated, the phylogeny for sciurids provides an interpretive framework for reconstructing the biogeographic history of the group.
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