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Social Recognition in Invertebrates: The Knowns and the Unknowns

  • The first book that synthesizes the wide recognition ability of invertebrates
  • Presents a comprehensive survey of the latest research in invertebrate behavior and simultaneously attempts to reconstruct the evolution of social recognition from the category of familiar recognition to the categories of class-level and true individual recognition
  • Allows the readers to appreciate how refined and complex invertebrates are in their ability to recognize a conspecific

By: Laura Aquiloni (Editor), Elena Tricarico (Editor), Felicita Scapini (Foreword By)

266 pages, 34 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Jul 2015 | #223513 | ISBN-13: 9783319175980
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Social Recognition in Invertebrates uses a wide range of case studies from different invertebrate taxa to describe the numerous forms of social recognition occurring in this large group of animals, and traces the evolution of this cognitive ability. The authors provide several examples of direct (i.e. the target of recognition is a conspecific) and indirect recognition (i.e. recognition of a reliable proxy rather than an individual, such as a den or a substrate), and discuss cases of familiar recognition (i.e. an animal remembers a conspecific but cannot tell what class it comes from or recognize its identity). Class-level recognition (i.e. an animal assigns a conspecific to an appropriate class of animals), and true individual recognition (i.e. an animal both identifies and recognizes a conspecific on an individual basis) are also addressed.

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