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Constructing Dominance Hierarchies in a Primitively Eusocial Wasp

Premnath, Sudha and Chandrashekara, K and Chandran, Swarnalatha and Gadagkar, Raghavendra (1990) Constructing Dominance Hierarchies in a Primitively Eusocial Wasp. In: Social Insects and the Environment: Xl lnternational Congress IUSSI, August, Bangalore,India, p. 80.


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It is well known that dominance-subordinate interactions form an important part of social organisation in primitively eusocial wasps (1). In many studies of social insects, the rank of an animal is based merely on the frequency with which it shows dominance behaviour. This is misleading because a high frequency of dominance behaviour may be accompanied by an equally high frequency of subordinate behaviour. Moreover showing dominance over a high ranking individual should be weighed differently from showing dominance over a low ranking individual. For these reasons, we have used a modified version of the index of fighting success that was developed for red deer to solve similar problems(2).

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: Oxford and IBH
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Oxford and IBH.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9367

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