Social status and mating activity in elephant seals.


Individually marked male elephant seals, Mirounga angustirostris, observed on an island off central California participate in a social hierarchy resembling the peck order of domestic chickens. Individuals achieve status by fighting and maintain it by stereotyped threat displays. The higher the status of a male, the more readily he approaches and copulates with females. Four percent of the males inseminated 85 percent of the females.

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@article{Boeuf1969SocialSA, title={Social status and mating activity in elephant seals.}, author={Burney J Le Boeuf and R. S. Peterson}, journal={Science}, year={1969}, volume={163 3862}, pages={91-3} }