The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog: Social Life of a Burrowing Mammal
In The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog, John L. Hoogland draws on sixteen years of research at Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota, in the United States to provide this account of prairie dog social behavior. Through comparisons with more than 300 other animal species, he offers new insights into basic theory in behavioral ecology and sociobiology.
Hoogland documents interactions within and among families of prairie dogs to examine the advantages and disadvantages of coloniality. By addressing such topics as male and female reproductive success, inbreeding, kin recognition, and infanticide, Hoogland offers a broad view of conflict and cooperation. Among his surprising findings is that prairie dog females sometimes suckle, and at other times kill, the offspring of close kin.
Enhanced by more than 100 photographs, this book illuminates the social organization of a burrowing mammal and raises fundamental questions about current theory. As the most detailed long-term study of any social rodent, The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog will interest not only mammalogists and other vertebrate biologists, but also students of behavioral and evolutionary ecology.
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Taxonomy and Natural History
Study Sites and Methods
Costs and Benefits of Coloniality
Infanticide the Major
The Antipredator Call
Factors That Affect Annual
Litter Size and Juvenile Body Mass
Weather and Precipitation versus ARS
Reproductive Synchrony versus ARS
Coterie Size versus ARS
Type of Coterie versus ARS
Levels of Inbreeding
Do Mothers Manipulate
Kin Recognition Social
Do Males Discriminate between Their
Why Dont Prairie Dogs Discriminate between
Evidence for the Accuracy of Behavioral
The Worst Enemy
Annual and Lifetime Reproductive Success
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Page 458 - US DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, BUREAU OF SPORT FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE, Washington, DC, January 22, 1973.
Page 457 - Mammalogy 62:706-712. Foltz, DW, and JL Hoogland. 1983. Genetic evidence of outbreeding in the blacktailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus). Evolution 37:273-281. Foltz, DW, JL Hoogland, and GM Koscielny.