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The role of body size and fighting experience in predicting contest behaviour in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus

Reaney, Leeann; Drayton, Jean; Jennions, Michael

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Body size strongly predicts fighting behaviour and outcome in many species, with the larger opponent usually winning contests. However, recent fighting experience can have a strong influence on the establishment of dominance hierarchies, with recent winners being more likely to win subsequent contests, while recent losers are more likely to lose. Recent fighting experience therefore has the potential to modify the effect of body size in determining contest behaviour and outcome. Here, we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/36874
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-010-1030-0

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