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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]

dc.contributor.authorReaney, Leeann
dc.contributor.authorDrayton, Jean
dc.contributor.authorJennions, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:41:57Z
dc.identifier.issn0340-5443
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/36874
dc.description.abstractBody 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 investigate whether recent fighting experience weakens the role of body size in predicting contest behaviour in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus. We compared the role of body size in determining contest outcome during initial non-physical encounters and escalated aggressive physical encounters (grapples), as well as the probability of escalation occurring, in contests involving either a naïve or experienced smaller male against a naïve larger male. We found that recent fighting experience only affected contest outcome during non-physical encounters. Once a contest had escalated into grappling, the effect of previous wins and losses was no longer apparent and body size strongly predicted contest outcome. Thus, once males can directly assess their opponent's fighting ability, recent fighting experience did not alter the effect of body size on contest behaviour and outcome.
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.sourceBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
dc.subjectKeywords: body size; contest competition; cricket; dominance; encounter rate; fighting; Teleogryllus commodus; Teleogryllus oceanicus Body size; Contest outcome; Cricket; Fighting behaviour; Recent fighting experience; Self-assessment; Teleogryllus commodus
dc.titleThe role of body size and fighting experience in predicting contest behaviour in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume65
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor060201 - Behavioural Ecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB142
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationReaney, Leeann, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDrayton, Jean, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationJennions, Michael, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage217
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage225
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s00265-010-1030-0
local.identifier.absseo970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:13:43Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-78651518419
local.identifier.thomsonID000286322200010
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