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The Black-tailed Prairie Dog : Social Life of a Burrowing Mammal - John L. Hoogland

The Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Social Life of a Burrowing Mammal

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Published: 1st January 1995
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In "The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog," John L. Hoogland draws on sixteen years of research at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, in the United States to provide this account of prairie dog social behavior. Through comparisons with more than 300 other animal species, he offers new insights into basic theory in behavioral ecology and sociobiology.
Hoogland documents interactions within and among families of prairie dogs to examine the advantages and disadvantages of coloniality. By addressing such topics as male and female reproductive success, inbreeding, kin recognition, and infanticide, Hoogland offers a broad view of conflict and cooperation. Among his surprising findings is that prairie dog females sometimes suckle, and at other times kill, the offspring of close kin.
Enhanced by more than 100 photographs, this book illuminates the social organization of a burrowing mammal and raises fundamental questions about current theory. As the most detailed long-term study of any social rodent, "The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog" will interest not only mammalogists and other vertebrate biologists, but also students of behavioral and evolutionary ecology.

Preface
Prairie Dogs and Coloniality
Taxonomy and Natural History
Burrows
Study Sites and Methods
Costs and Benefits of Coloniality
The Coterie
Infanticide, the Major Cause of Juvenile Mortality
The Antipredator Call
Communal Nursing
Kin Recognition, Social Learning, and Eusociality
Behavioral Observations of Estrus and Copulations
Annual and Lifetime Reproductive Success
Factors That Affect Annual and Lifetime Reproductive Success
Levels of Inbreeding
Do Mothers Manipulate the Sex Ratio of Their Litters?
Demography and Population Dynamics
Behavioral Ecology of Prairie Dogs
Common and Scientific Names of Organisms Mentioned in This Book
Descriptions of Infanticides by Marauding Females
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226351186
ISBN-10: 0226351181
Series: Wildlife Behaviour & Ecology S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Number: 2