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.
|Prairie Dogs and Coloniality|
|Taxonomy and Natural History|
|Study Sites and Methods|
|Costs and Benefits of Coloniality|
|Infanticide, the Major Cause of Juvenile Mortality|
|The Antipredator Call|
|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|
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Series: Wildlife Behaviour & Ecology S.
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