The collective action problem in primate territory economics.

  title={The collective action problem in primate territory economics.},
  author={Erik P. Willems and Barbara Hellriegel and Carel P Van schaik},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={280 1759},
Group-living animals often do not maintain territories, but instead have highly overlapping ranges, even though in principle these are economically defendable. We investigate whether this absence of range defence reflects a collective action problem, since a territory can be considered a public good. In a comparative analysis comprising 135 primate species, we find a positive association between range overlap and group size, controlling for economic defendability and phylogenetic non… CONTINUE READING
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