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The Evolution of Social Behaviour in Insects and Arachnids - Jae C. Choe

The Evolution of Social Behaviour in Insects and Arachnids

By: Jae C. Choe (Editor), Bernard J. Crespi (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th May 1997
ISBN: 9780521589772
Number Of Pages: 552

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Social insects and arachnids exhibit forms of complex behavior that involve cooperation in building a nest, defending against attackers or rearing offspring. This book is a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to sociality and its evolution in a wide range of taxa. In it, leading researchers review the extent of sociality in different insect and arachnid groups, analyze the genetic, ecological and demographic causes of sociality from a comparative perspective, and suggest ways in which the field can be better understood. The book contains fascinating accounts of the social lives of many different insects and arachnids, as well as tests of current theories of the evolution of social behavior. The Evolution of Social Behaviour in Insects and Arachnids provides essential reading and insight for students and researchers interested in social behavior, behavioral ecology, entomology, and arachnology.

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'Possessing these two handsomely produced volumes is like possessing Aladdin's magic lamp ...You may take your pick - from parental care in cockroaches to sex among cannibals in jumping spiders ... it's an endless menu!' Raghavendra Gadagkar, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'Choe and Crespi have succeeded in providing an exceptional addition to the literature on social behavior in insects and arachnids. To my knowledge this book is the first of its kind to focus completely on the evolution of social systems in invertebrates ... a comprehensive volume that reviews the current literature and provides insightful new questions that probe the evolution of social behavior in insects and arachnids.' John Melville, Northwest Science '... an exceptional book packed with scholarship, insights and arthropod wonders ... fascinating ... splendidly thought provoking and hence in the best sense intellectually entertaining ... of considerable scientific value in terms of the breadth of its scope, the wealth of empirical findings and the careful evaluation of this ... so well written, skilfully packed with delightful examples that it should also be a source of pleasure to almost every ecological entomologist.' Ecological Entomology

Introduction
Are behavioural classifications blinders to natural variation?
Life beneath silk walls: a review of the primitively social Embiidina
Post-ovulation parental investment and parental care in cockroaches
The spectrum of eusociality in termites
Maternal care in the Hemiptera: ancestry, alternatives and current adaptive value
Evolution of parental care in the giant water bugs (Heteroptera: Bolostomatidae)
The evolution of sociality in aphids: a clone's eye view
Ecology and evolution of social behaviour among Australian gall thrips
Interactions among males, females and offspring in bark and ambrosia beetles: the significance of living in holes for the evolution of social behaviour
Biparental care and social evolution in burying beetles: lessons from the larder
Subsocial behaviour in Scarabaeiinae
Evolution of social behaviour in Passalidae (Coleoptera)
The evolution of social behaviour in the Augochlorine bees (Hymenoptera: Halicitidae) based on a phylogenetic analysis of the data
Demography and sociality in halictine bees (Hymenoptera: Halictidae)
Behavioural environments of sweat bees (Halictinae) and variability in social organization
Intrinsic and extrinsic factors associated with social evolution in allodapine bees
Cooperative breeding in wasps and vertebrates: the role of ecological constraints
Morphologically 'primitive' ants: comparative review of social characters, and the importance of queen-worker dimorphism
Social conflict and cooperation among founding queens in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Social evolution in the lepidoptera: ecological context and communication in larval societies
Sociality and kin selection in Acari
Colonial web-building spiders: balancing the costs and benefits of group living
Causes and consequences of cooperation and permanent-sociality in spiders
Evolution and explanation of social systems
Index
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ISBN: 9780521589772
ISBN-10: 0521589770
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 552
Published: 26th May 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.74 x 18.75  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.01

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