Communication and social behaviour

Hogan, Lindsay A. and Morrow, Gemma E. (2015). Communication and social behaviour. In Athol Klieve, Lindsay Hogan, Stephen Johnston and Peter Murray (Ed.), Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals (pp. 261-314) New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Author Hogan, Lindsay A.
Morrow, Gemma E.
Title of chapter Communication and social behaviour
Title of book Marsupials and monotremes: nature's enigmatic mammals
Place of Publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Nova Science Publishers
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9781634834872
Editor Athol Klieve
Lindsay Hogan
Stephen Johnston
Peter Murray
Chapter number 7
Start page 261
End page 314
Total pages 54
Total chapters 11
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract/Summary How monotremes and marsupials communicate and socially interact is paramount to their survival and reproductivesuccess. Unfortunately, the majority of species are small, secretive and nocturnal, making the fundamental objective of behavioural study, observation and description, difficult in free-ranging animals. As a result, detailed studies of communicationavenues, socialbehaviourand social organisation are only available, at present, for relatively few monotreme and marsupial species. In addition, a considerable portion of this information has been derived from captive individuals without corresponding field investigation, i.e., validation of captive studies in the field. Despite these shortcomings, a large body of information can be found in the literature and the main function of this chapter is to synthesise this information. For monotremes and marsupials, the different communication signal modalities (and the importance of each in different genera) and common social interaction types are reviewed and discussed. Due to the extensive scopeand numerous facets associated with communication and social behaviour, it is impossible to cover all content related to this subject matter within this chapter. As such, life history strategies, matingsystems, reproductive strategies, foraging strategies/behaviour, activity patterns, habitat selection, distribution and spacing/spatial behaviour have not been discussed.
Keyword Affiliative behavior
Agonistic behavior
Reproductive behavior
Tactile signals
Visual displays
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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