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Winner-loser effects in a eusocial wasp

Bang, A and Gadagkar, R (2016) Winner-loser effects in a eusocial wasp. In: INSECTES SOCIAUX, 63 (2). pp. 349-352.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00040-015-0455-x


What makes some individuals behaviorally more dominant than others? Although intrinsic factors such as body size and age have been well studied, extrinsic social factors like winner and loser effects have never before been addressed in eusocial species. Here we demonstrated the existence of both winner and loser effects in the primitively eusocial wasp, Ropalidia marginata. Such relative self-assessment and adjustment of fighting abilities may have significant implications for survival and fitness, and could be adaptive, especially in a social species where dominance encounters with conspecifics is the norm.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the SPRINGER BASEL AG, PICASSOPLATZ 4, BASEL, 4052, SWITZERLAND
Keywords: Dominance behavior; Eusocial; Loser effect; Ropalidia marginata; Winner effect
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 07:42
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2016 07:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/54008

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