The role of body size and fighting experience in predicting contest behaviour in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus

@article{Reaney2010TheRO,
  title={The role of body size and fighting experience in predicting contest behaviour in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus},
  author={Leeann T. Reaney and Jean M. Drayton and Michael D. Jennions},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={65},
  pages={217-225}
}
Body size strongly predicts fighting behaviour and outcome in many species, with the larger opponent usually winning contests. However, recent fighting experience can have a strong influence on the establishment of dominance hierarchies, with recent winners being more likely to win subsequent contests, while recent losers are more likely to lose. Recent fighting experience therefore has the potential to modify the effect of body size in determining contest behaviour and outcome. Here, we… CONTINUE READING

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