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Communication and social behaviour


Hogan, LA and Morrow, GE, Communication and social behaviour, Marsupials and Monotremes: Nature's Enigmatic Mammals, Nova Science Publishers, A Klieve, L Hogan, S Johnston, P Murray (ed), New York, USA, pp. 261-314. ISBN 9781634834872 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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How monotremes and marsupials communicate and socially interact is paramount to their survival and reproductive success. Unfortunately, the majority of species are small, secretive and nocturnal, making the fundamental objective of behavioural study, observation and description, difficult in free-ranging animals. As a result, detailed studies of communication avenues, social behaviour and social organisation are only available, at present, for relatively few monotreme and marsupial species. In addition, a considerable portion of this information has been derived from captive individuals without corresponding field investigation, i.e., validation of captive studies in the field. Despite these shortcomings, a large body of information can be found in the literature and the main function of this chapter is to synthesise this information. For monotremes and marsupials, the different communication signal modalities (and the importance of each in different genera) and common social interaction types are reviewed and discussed. Due to the extensive scope and numerous facets associated with communication and social behaviour, it is impossible to cover all content related to this subject matter within this chapter. As such, life history strategies, mating systems, reproductive strategies, foraging strategies/behaviour, activity patterns, habitat selection, distribution and spacing/spatial behaviour have not been discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:affiliative behavior, agonistic behavior, communication, olfaction, reproductive behavior, tactile signals, visual displays, vocalisation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Morrow, GE (Ms Gemma Morrow)
ID Code:108932
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2016-05-11
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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