Dominance in Vertebrate Broods and Litters

@article{Drummond2006DominanceIV,
  title={Dominance in Vertebrate Broods and Litters},
  author={Hugh Drummond},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={81},
  pages={3 - 32}
}
  • H. Drummond
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Biology, Psychology
  • The Quarterly Review of Biology
Drawing on the concepts and theory of dominance in adult vertebrates, this article categorizes the relationships of dominance between infant siblings, identifies the behavioral mechanisms that give rise to those relationships, and proposes a model to explain their evolution. Dominance relationships in avian broods can be classified according to the agonistic roles of dominants and subordinates as “aggression‐submission,” “aggression‐resistance,” “aggression‐aggression,” “aggression‐avoidance… 
WHY DO SOME SIBLINGS ATTACK EACH OTHER? COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF AGGRESSION IN AVIAN BROODS
TLDR
It is suggested that indirect feeding, long nestling periods, and small broods, possibly in combination with other factors, have tended to favor the evolution of aggressive broodmate competition.
No reduction in aggression after loss of a broodmate: a test of the brood size hypothesis
TLDR
The results suggest that dominant booby chicks do not become less aggressive to each other after disappearance of their youngest broodmate and that this species does not show brood size dependent aggression.
Aggression in froglets of red-eyed treefrogs, Agalychnis callidryas
TLDR
Aggressive behaviour, however, whether limited to single or multi-modal displays or involving direct physical interactions incur fitness costs either in the form of energetics, increased vulnerability to predation, or both and, as such, aggressive acts are often not prolonged.
Within-brood social status and consequences for winter hierarchies amongst Mallard Anas platyrhynchos ducklings
TLDR
The results suggest that the factors affecting the establishment of social relationships within broods differ from those in winter groups, and that brood-related mechanisms influence social relationships during winter.
Sibling rivalry: training effects, emergence of dominance and incomplete control
TLDR
This work shows that within spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) twin litters, dominants most effectively skew access to maternal milk in their favour when their aggression prompts a highly submissive response, and that sibling dominance relationships are influenced by sibling sex and training effects.
Fitness consequences of within-brood dominance in the cooperatively breeding acorn woodpecker
TLDR
It is found that within-brood dominance relationships established as juveniles have significant effects on first-year survivorship and at least some aspects of adult fitness.
Maternal Androgens Increase Sibling Aggression, Dominance, and Competitive Ability in the Siblicidal Black-Legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Animals and plants routinely produce more offspring than they can afford to rear. Mothers can favour certain young by conferring on them competitive advantages such as a leading position in the birth
Patterns of testosterone responsiveness and immunity in relation to competitive behavior in chicks
  • A. Ros
  • Biology
    Hormones and Behavior
  • 2008
Hatching hierarchy but not egg-related effects governs behavioral phenotypes in gull chicks
TLDR
It is concluded that behavioral strategies of chicks were determined by their posthatching experience and not by the original egg position within the clutch, indicating that behavioral Strategies of chicks are plastic and influenced by their early social experience.
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 269 REFERENCES
Dominance: The baby and the bathwater
Abstract The concept of dominance is used in the behavioral and biological sciences to describe outcomes in a variety of competitive interactions. In some taxa, a history of agonistic encounters
The Role of Brood Size in Regulating Egret Sibling Aggression
TLDR
It is proposed that species probably do best by relying on current food amount for the truncation of sibling fighting whenever that cue allows an accurate assessment of pending competition, with brood size used mainly as an alternative or backup system.
The control and function of agonism in avian broodmates
Begging Versus Aggression in Avian Broodmate Competition
TLDR
Observations of boobies and diverse species suggest that aggression limits the effectiveness of begging by subordinate young by confining its timing, location or form.
The concept of social dominance.
Territory acquisition in lizards: II. Establishing social and spatial relationships
Abstract. Juvenile Anolis aeneus lizards were added to patches of microhabitat in the field and observed as they established territories. The outcome of the first encounter per dyad was an excellent
Buffered Development: Resilience after Aggressive Subordination in Infancy
TLDR
Exercising dominance throughout infancy apparently does not fortify a chick for the future and may incur a long‐term cost, and suffering violent subordination throughout infancy has little or no prejudicial effect and may even steel a chicks for adult life.
Socio-ecological implications of individual differences in wolf litters: A developmental and evolutionary perspective.
Individual differences in response to a number of animate and inanimate moving and non-moving stimuli were studied in 18 wolf cubs from four litters. Social rank was closely correlated with
Structure of the Dominance Hierarchy and Dominance Determining "Group Factors" in Melanochromis Auratus (Pisces, Cichlidae)
TLDR
Melanochromis auratus, a cichlid fish from Lake Malawi, is studied under laboratory conditions as a representative model and dominance relations in pairs of animals differ from those (between the same fishes) in groups of conspecifics.
...
...