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Ecological bases of philopatry and cooperation in Ethiopian wolves

Abstract:

Ecological reasons for philopatry and cooperation are frequently invoked when kin selection is an insufficient explanation. The Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) is a specialised rodent hunter that forms family groups with cooperative breeding but also lives as monogamous pairs in suboptimal areas. Given the apparent absence of fitness gains to helpers from cooperative breeding, we set out to explore the benefits accrued by communal territorial defence measured as the acquisition and retention ...

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10.1007/s00265-012-1348-x

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Johnson, PJ More by this author
Macdonald, DW More by this author
Journal:
BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY
Volume:
66
Issue:
7
Pages:
1005-1015
Publication date:
2012-07-05
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EISSN:
1432-0762
ISSN:
0340-5443
URN:
uuid:81dfc52a-5710-4092-9fbd-0e5fa616c6ec
Source identifiers:
341465
Local pid:
pubs:341465

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