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Mixed-Species Groups of Animals

Behavior, Community Structure, and Conservation

  • 1st Edition - April 26, 2017
  • Authors: Eben Goodale, Guy Beauchamp, Graeme D. Ruxton
  • Language: English
  • Paperback ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 1 2 - 8 0 5 3 5 5 - 3
  • eBook ISBN:
    9 7 8 - 0 - 1 2 - 8 0 9 3 0 5 - 4

Mixed-Species Groups of Animals: Behavior, Community Structure, and Conservation presents a comprehensive discussion on the mixed-species groups of animals, a spectacular and acces… Read more

Mixed-Species Groups of Animals

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Mixed-Species Groups of Animals: Behavior, Community Structure, and Conservation presents a comprehensive discussion on the mixed-species groups of animals, a spectacular and accessible example of the complexity of species interactions.

They are found in a wide range of animals, including invertebrates, fish, mammals and birds, and in different habitats, both terrestrial and aquatic, throughout the world.

While there are more than 500 articles on this subject scattered in separate categories of journals, there has yet to be a general, cross-taxa book-length introduction to this subject that summarizes the behavior and community structure of these groups.

The authors first survey the diversity of spatial associations among animals and then concentrate on moving groups. They review the major classes of theories that have been developed to explain their presence, particularly in how groups increase foraging efficiency and decrease predation. Finally, they explore the intricacies of species interactions, such as communication, that explain species roles in groups and discuss what implications these social systems have for conservation.