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Submission signals in animal groups

Reddon, AR, Ruberto, T and Reader, SM (2021) Submission signals in animal groups. Behaviour, 159. pp. 1-20. ISSN 0005-7959

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Aggression is costly, and animals have evolved tactics to mitigate these costs. Submission signals are an underappreciated example of such adaptations. Here we review submissive behaviour, with an emphasis on non-primates. We highlight the design of submission signals and how such signals can reduce costs. Animal societies necessitate frequent social interactions, which can increase the probability of conflict. Where maintaining group proximity is essential, animals cannot avoid aggression by fleeing. Mutual interest between group members may also select for efficient conflict avoidance and resolution mechanisms. As a result, submission signals may be especially well developed among group living species, helping social animals to overcome potential costs of recurring conflict that could otherwise counter the benefits of group living. Therefore, submission signalling can be a crucial aspect of social living and is deserving of specific attention within the broader context of social evolution and communication.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0602 Ecology, 0603 Evolutionary Biology, 0608 Zoology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2022 11:55
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2022 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1163/1568539X-bja10125
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16073
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