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Lethal combat over limited resources: testing the importance of competitors and kin.

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Although most animals employ strategies to avoid costly escalation of conflict, the limitation of critical resources may lead to extreme contests and fatal fighting. Evolutionary theories predict that the occurrence and intensity of fights can be explained by resource value and the density and relatedness of competitors. However, the interaction between these factors and their relative importance often remains unclear; moreover, few systems allow all variables to be experimentally investigate...

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10.1093/beheco/arq209

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Innocent, TM More by this author
Sanderson, JL More by this author
Hyrkkanen, N More by this author
Journal:
Behavioral ecology : official journal of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology
Volume:
22
Issue:
5
Pages:
923-931
Publication date:
2011-09-05
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EISSN:
1465-7279
ISSN:
1045-2249
URN:
uuid:e9a9e7f0-6a62-4442-9434-729ea4db4e49
Source identifiers:
211195
Local pid:
pubs:211195

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