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Family aggression in a social lizard


Botterill-James, T and Halliwell, B and McKeown, S and Sillince, J and Uller, T and Wapstra, E and While, GM, Family aggression in a social lizard, Scientific Reports, 7 Article 3502. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03531-0


The evolution of family living is underpinned by conflict and cooperation between family members. While family groups can be maintained by reducing conflict between parents and offspring, interactions between siblings may play an equally important role. Here, we compared the level of aggressive interactions between siblings to that between parents and their offspring in the family living skink Liopholis whitii. Aggressive interactions occurred much more frequently between siblings and between fathers and offspring than between mothers and their offspring. These results suggest that ecological and social conditions that reduce conflict between siblings and between males and offspring will be fundamental in the evolutionary maintenance and diversification of family living in these lizards.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:family living, egernia, aggression, conflict, sociality, siblings
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:Botterill-James, T (Dr Thomas Botterill-James)
UTAS Author:Halliwell, B (Dr Benjamin Halliwell)
UTAS Author:McKeown, S (Mr Simon McKeown)
UTAS Author:Sillince, J (Ms Jacinta Sillince)
UTAS Author:Uller, T (Dr Tobias Uller)
UTAS Author:Wapstra, E (Professor Erik Wapstra)
UTAS Author:While, GM (Associate Professor Geoff While)
ID Code:117449
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE150100336)
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-06-14
Last Modified:2018-05-08
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