By Walter D. Koenig,Janis L. Dickinson

Cooperative breeders are species during which contributors past a couple help in the creation of younger in one brood or clutter. even supposing really infrequent, cooperative breeding is frequent taxonomically and maintains to pose demanding situations to our knowing of the evolution of cooperation and altruistic habit. Bringing jointly long term experiences of cooperatively breeding birds, mammals, and fishes, this quantity offers a synthesis of present stories within the box. The chapters are organised by way of person reviews of specific species or (in the case of mole-rats) heavily similar cooperatively breeding species. each one focuses not just on describing habit and ecology but in addition on trying out evolutionary hypotheses for the shape and serve as of the various and remarkable cooperative breeding life which have been chanced on. This specific and finished textual content can be of curiosity to graduate scholars and researchers of behavioral ecology and the evolution of cooperation.

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