Burda, Hynek; Honeycutt, Rodney; Begall, Sabine; Scharff, Andreas; Locker-Grütjen, Oliver:
Are naked and common mole-rats eusocial, and if so why?
2000
In: Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, Jg. 5 (2000), Heft 47, S. 293 - 303
Artikel/Aufsatz in Zeitschrift2000Biologie
Titel:
Are naked and common mole-rats eusocial, and if so why?
Autor(in):
Burda, HynekLSF; Honeycutt, Rodney; Begall, SabineLSF; Scharff, Andreas; Locker-Grütjen, OliverLSF
Erscheinungsjahr
2000
Erschienen in:
Titel:
Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology
in:
Jg. 5 (2000), Heft 47, S. 293 - 303
ISSN:
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Abstract:

Eusociality in mammals is defined in the present paper by the following criteria: reproductive altruism (which involves reproductive division of labor and cooperative alloparental brood care), overlap of adult generations, and permanent (lifelong) philopatry. We argue that additional criteria such as the existence of castes, colony size, reproductive skew, and social cohesion are not pertinent to the definition of eusociality in mammals.