Essential Animal Behavior

Essential Animal Behavior


216 Pages


Essential Animal Behavior provides a comprehensive introduction to all areas of the subject: from the genetic and neurobiological control of behavior to the learning, development, and function of behavior in an evolutionary context. Social behaviour is also covered throughout the text.

Written in a concise and engaging style, this new book:
  • includes examples from both marine and terrestrial environments around the world
  • places current research alongside classic examples, and
  • puts the study of animal behavior in an applied context, emphasizing the implications for animal welfare and animal conservation.

Carefully designed to meet the needs of students coming to the subject for the first time, the book includes the following features:

  • key concept boxes
  • Focus on boxes
  • chapter summaries
  • guided reading to aid revision and further study
  • case studies and boxed examples that reinforce essential points, and
  • questions for discussion.

This book is essential reading for degree-level students following modular programs in biology, zoology, marine biology, and psychology.

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Published 05 February 2009
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EAN13 9781405144513
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Language English

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List of boxes Preface Acknowledgments
Chapter 1Essential animal behavior: an introduction
Chapter 2Controlling behavior: the role of the nervous system
Chapter 3The motivation and organization of behavior
Chapter 4The development of behavior
Chapter 5Communication
Chapter 6Foraging behavior: finding, choosing, and processing food
Chapter 7Avoiding predation: staying alive against the odds
Chapter 8Reproductive behavior: passing on your genes
vi vii ix
Chapter 1 Focus on anthropomorphism Focus on heredity and natural selection Case study: Re-kindling a cheetah’s motivation to hunt
Chapter 2 Application: Neurobiology and behavior Case study: “Touch” at a distance: the trichobothria of the wandering spider Case study: Escape jetting: can a cold squid still flee?
Chapter 3 Case study: The circatidal swimming of the shanny
4 9
Chapter 4 Focus on fitness and coefficients of relatedness 64 Focus on conditioning 70 Application: Learning to be wild again 75 Application: The lure of the bright lights 77 Case study: Pigeon homing behavior: a clock and a compass? 84 Focus on the hippocampus 86
Chapter 5 Focus on signal evolution, ritualization, and antithesis 97
Case study: The sensory preferences of swordtail fish 99 Case study: Why do pygmy marmosets use a range of contact calls? 104 Application: Chemical communication and pest control 108
Chapter 6 Application: Learning what not to eat 122 Case study: Osprey colonies are centers for information transfer 124 Case study: Predatory fish can benefit from being members of hunting schools 126 Case study: Crabs choose their mollusc prey in an optimal fashion 131 Focus on mathematical models 133
Chapter 7 Case study: The cost of conspicuousness 148 Case study: Cephalopod protean behavior 160 Case study: Communication can be a predator deterrent 163
Chapter 8 Case study: Female ornamentation is also the result of sexual selection Case study: Horny scarab beetles: an example of an alternative mating strategy Focus on mating systems
177 179