Burda, Hynek; Honeycutt, Rodney; Begall, Sabine; Scharff, Andreas; Locker-Grütjen, Oliver:

Are naked and common mole-rats eusocial, and if so why?

In: Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, Jg. 5 (2000) ; Nr. 47, S. 293-303
ISSN: 1432-0762
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Biologie
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.