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Geographic Variation in Behavior: Perspectives on Evolutionary Mechanisms

Edited By: Susan A Foster and John A Endler

314 pages, 3 b/w photos, 54 figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Mar 1999 | #83439 | ISBN: 0195082958
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Brings together evidence that animal behaviour varies geographically, and explores some of the richness of the phenomena, interpretations, and problems which can arise in such studies.

"Traditional methods for studying animal behaviour usually compare variation between species. The behavioural characterization of species is typically based on single populations because ethologists assumed that behavioural patterns did not vary within species. However, recent studies on a diversity of behavioural traits in many animal groups suggest that geographical variation is common. . . . This book . . . explores some of the richness in phenomena, interpretations and problems that can arise in geographical studies of behaviour. . . . Geographic Variation in Behavior is an important contribution to the critical and growing interface between behaviour and evolution. . . . It is well presented and provides excellent reviews of pertinent literature, the illustrations are informative and concise, and the coverage of contemporary work is uniformly high. Researchers of animal behaviour and behavioural ecologists would do very well to sample this volume."--Animal Behaviour


Introduction and Aims; 1. The Use of Behavioral Ecotypes in the Study of Evolutionary Processes; 2. Different Spatial Scales of Natural Selection and Gene Flow: The Evolution of Behavioral Geographic Variation and Phenotypic Plasticity; 3. The Evolution of Behavioral Norms of Reaction as a Problem in Ecological Genetics: Theory, Methods, and Data; 4. Geographic Variations on Methodological Themes in Comparative Ethology: A Natricine Snake Perspective; 5. Geographic Variation in Behavior of a Primate Taxon: Stress Responses as a Proximate Mechanism in the Evolution of Social Behavior; 6. Ecology, Phenotype, and Character Evolution in Bluegill Sunfish: A Population Comparative Approach; 7. The Causes and Consequences of Variation in Antipredator Behavior: Perspectives from Fish Populations; 8. Geographic Variation and the Microevolution of Avian Migratory Behavior; 9. Effects of Relaxed Natural Selection on the Evolution of Behavior; 10. Variation in Advertisment Calls of Anurans Across Zonal Interactions: The Evolution and Breakdown of Homogamy; 11. Geographic Variation in Animal Communication Systems; 12. Geographic Variation in Sexual Behavior: Sex, Signals, and Speciation; 13. Thoughts on Geographical Variation in Behavior

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