Socioecological predictors of immune defences in wild spotted hyenas.

  title={Socioecological predictors of immune defences in wild spotted hyenas.},
  author={Andrew S. Flies and Linda S. Mansfield and E J Flies and Chris K. Grant and Kay E. Holekamp},
  journal={Functional ecology},
  volume={30 9},
Social rank can profoundly affect many aspects of mammalian reproduction and stress physiology, but little is known about how immune function is affected by rank and other socio-ecological factors in free-living animals.In this study we examine the effects of sex, social rank, and reproductive status on immune function in long-lived carnivores that are routinely exposed to a plethora of pathogens, yet rarely show signs of disease.Here we show that two types of immune defenses, complement… CONTINUE READING
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