Individual contributions to territory defence in a cooperative breeder: weighing up the benefits and costs.

@article{Mares2012IndividualCT,
  title={Individual contributions to territory defence in a cooperative breeder: weighing up the benefits and costs.},
  author={Rafael Mares and Andrew J. Young and Tim H Clutton-Brock},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1744},
  pages={3989-95}
}
While investment in territory defence is expected to be influenced by its benefits, the additional role that costs may play is rarely considered. Here, we quantify both benefits and costs of repelling prospecting males in cooperative meerkats, and demonstrate that both are required to explain the substantial variation in individual contributions to the defence observed. Males benefit more from repelling prospectors than females, as males may lose dominance and be expelled during intrusions… CONTINUE READING
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