Intracolony aggression in the eusocial naked mole-rat, <ce:italic>Heterocephalus glaber</ce:italic>

  title={Intracolony aggression in the eusocial naked mole-rat, <ce:italic>Heterocephalus glaber</ce:italic>},
  author={F. M. Clarke and Chris G. Faulkes},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
In colonies of the eusocial naked mole-rat, breeding is monopolized by one dominant female (the ‘queen’) and one to three males. Aggression in the form of shoving (prolonged pushes involving nose to nose contact) is frequently observed in captive colonies and is principally initiated by breeders. It has been suggested that shoving by queens functions primarily to suppress reproduction in subordinates (threat reduction hypothesis) or to incite work activity in nonbreeding ‘helpers’ (work… CONTINUE READING

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