Breed, Michael D. Department of Environmental Population and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
- Dominance and agonistic behavior
- Hierarchies in social insects
- Dominance and mating
- Dominance and feeding
- Genetic factors
- Complex social hierarchies
- Significance of hierarchies
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A fundamental aspect of social organization that is established by fighting or display behavior and results in a ranking of the animals in a group. Social, or dominance, hierarchies are observed in many different animals, including insects, crustaceans, mammals, and birds. In many species, size, age, or sex determines dominance rank. Dominance hierarchies often determine first or best access to food, social interactions, or mating within animal groups.
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