Announcing intent: the aggressive state of musth in African elephants

@article{Poole1989AnnouncingIT,
  title={Announcing intent: the aggressive state of musth in African elephants},
  author={J. Poole},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1989},
  volume={37},
  pages={140-152}
}
  • J. Poole
  • Published 1989
  • Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
Predictions derived from game theory suggest that animals should not signal their intentions during conflict situations. However, during the period of musth, male elephants,Loxodonta africana, announce a state of heightened aggression with signals that are unbluffable. Since smaller musth males in poor condition are able to dominate larger, normally higher-ranking, non-musth males in good condition, musth provides a useful system with which to examine the possibility of honest signalling of… Expand
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