Rodent Societies : An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective / Jerry O. Wolff, Paul W. Sherman.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2008]
1 online resource (627 p.)
Rodents -- Ecology.
Rodents -- Evolution.
Social behavior in animals.
Animal societies.
Electronic books.
Rodent Societies synthesizes and integrates the current state of knowledge about the social behavior of rodents, providing ecological and evolutionary contexts for understanding their societies and highlighting emerging conservation and management strategies to preserve them. It begins with a summary of the evolution, phylogeny, and biogeography of social and nonsocial rodents, providing a historical basis for comparative analyses. Subsequent sections focus on group-living rodents and characterize their reproductive behaviors, life histories and population ecology, genetics, neuroendocrine mechanisms, behavioral development, cognitive processes, communication mechanisms, cooperative and uncooperative behaviors, antipredator strategies, comparative socioecology, diseases, and conservation. Using the highly diverse and well-studied Rodentia as model systems to integrate a variety of research approaches and evolutionary theory into a unifying framework, Rodent Societies will appeal to a wide range of disciplines, both as a compendium of current research and as a stimulus for future collaborative and interdisciplinary investigations.
Rodent Societies
Chapter 1. Rodent Societies as Model Systems
Chapter 2. Rodent Evolution, Phylogenetics, and Biogeography
Sexual Behavior
Chapter 3. Male Mating Strategies in Rodents
Chapter 4. Reproductive Strategies in Female Rodents
Chapter 5. Sexual Selection: Using Social Ecology to Determine Fitness Differences
Chapter 6. A Phylogenetic Analysis of the Breeding Systems of Neotomine-Peromyscine Rodents
Chapter 7. Alternative Reproductive Tactics and Strategies of Tree Squirrels
Life Histories & Behavior
Chapter 8. Fast and Slow Life Histories of Rodents
Chapter 9. Acceleration and Delay of Reproduction in Rodents
Chapter 10. Sexual Size Dimorphism in Rodents
Chapter 11. Facultative Sex Ratio Adjustment
Chapter 12 The Role of the Stress Axis in Life-History Adaptations
Chapter 13. Dispersal and Philopatry
Chapter 14. Gene Dynamics and Social Behavior
Chapter 15. Social Behavior and Self-Regulation in Murid Rodents
Behavioral Development
Chapter 16. Neural Regulation of Social Behavior in Rodents
Chapter 17. Ontogeny of Adaptive Behaviors
Chapter 18. Social Learning by Rodents
Chapter 19. Kin Recognition in Rodents: Issues and Evidence
Social Behavior
Chapter 20. Parental Care
Chapter 21. The Ecology of Sociality in Rodents
Chapter 22. Scent Marking
Chapter 23. Nonparental Infanticide
Chapter 24. Social Organization and Monogamy in the Beaver
Chapter 25. Evolution of Pacifism and Sociality in Blind Mole-Rats
Antipredator Behavior
Chapter 26. Social and Antipredator Systems: Intertwining Links in Multiple Time Frames
Chapter 27. The Evolution of Alarm Communication in Rodents: Structure, Function, and the Puzzle of Apparently Altruistic Calling
Chapter 28. Fear and the Foraging, Breeding, and Sociality of Rodents
Comparative Socioecology
Chapter 29. Ecology, Kinship, and Ground Squirrel Sociality: Insights from Comparative Analyses
Chapter 30. Evolution of Sociality in Marmots: It Begins with Hibernation
Chapter 31. Environmental Constraints and the Evolution of Sociality in Semifossorial Desert Rodents
Chapter 32. Comparative Social Organization and Life History of Rattus and Mus
Chapter 33. Social Organization and Resource Use in Capybaras and Maras
Chapter 34. Social Structure in Octodontid and Ctenomyid Rodents
Chapter 35. Socioecology of Rock-Dwelling Rodents
Chapter 36. African Mole-Rats: Social and Ecological Diversity
Chapter 37. Alarm Calling, Multiple Mating, and Infanticide among Black-Tailed, Gunnison's, and Utah Prairie Dogs
Conservation & Disease
Chapter 38. Issues in Rodent Conservation
Chapter 39. Conservation of Ground Squirrels
Chapter 40. Conservation of Prairie Dogs
Chapter 41. Social Behavior, Demography, and Rodent-Borne Pathogens
Chapter 42. Conclusions and Future Directions
Subject Index
Species Index
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [491]-597) and indexes.
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Sherman, Paul W., editor., Editor,
Wolff, Jerry O., editor., Editor,
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10.7208/9780226905389 doi
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