Vigilance behaviour and fitness consequences: comparing a solitary foraging and an obligate group-foraging mammal

@article{Roux2009VigilanceBA,
  title={Vigilance behaviour and fitness consequences: comparing a solitary foraging and an obligate group-foraging mammal},
  author={Aliza le Roux and Michael I. Cherry and Lorenz Gygax and Marta B. Manser},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={63},
  pages={1097-1107}
}
Vigilance behaviour in gregarious species has been studied extensively, especially the relationship between individual vigilance and group size, which is often negative. Relatively little is known about the effect of conspecifics on vigilance in non-obligate social species or the influence of sociality itself on antipredator tactics. We investigated predator avoidance behaviour in the yellow mongoose, Cynictis penicillata, a group-living solitary forager, and compared it with a sympatric group… 

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