Geographic Variation in Behavior: Perspectives on Evolutionary Mechanisms

Hardcover | August 1, 1998

EditorSusan A. Foster, John A. Endler

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Studies of animal behavior often assume that all members of a species exhibit the same behavior. Geographic Variation in Behavior shows that, on the contrary, there is substantional variation within species across a wide range of taxa. Including work from pioneers in the field, this volumeprovides a balanced overview of research on behavioral characteristics that vary geographically. The authors explore the mechanisms by which behavioral differences evolve and examine related methodological issues. Taken together, the work collected here demonstrates that genetically based geographicvariation may be far more widespread than previously suspected. The book also shows how variation in behavior can illuminate both behavioral evolution and general evolutionary patterns. Unique among books on behavior in its emphasis on geographic variation, this volume is a valuable new resource forstudents and researchers in animal behavior and evolutionary biology.

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Studies of animal behavior often assume that all members of a species exhibit the same behavior. Geographic Variation in Behavior shows that, on the contrary, there is substantional variation within species across a wide range of taxa. Including work from pioneers in the field, this volumeprovides a balanced overview of research on beh...

Susan A. Foster is at Clark University. John A. Endler is at James Cook University, Australia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 0.98 inPublished:August 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction and Aims1. Susan E. Riechert: The Use of Behavioral Ecotypes in the Study of Evolutionary Processes2. Daniel B. Thompson: Different Spatial Scales of Natural Selection and Gene Flow: The Evolution of Behavioral Geographic Variation and Phenoypic Plastcity3. Scott P. Carroll and Patrice Showers Corneli: The Evolution of Behavioral Norms of Reaction as a Problem in Ecological Genetics: Theory, Methods, and Data4. Gordon M. Burghardt and James M. Schwartz: Geographic Variations on Methodological Themes in Comparative Ethology: A Natricine Snake Perspective5. Sue Boinski: Geographic Variation in Behavior of a Primate Taxon: Stress Responses as a Proximate Mechanism in the Evolution of Social Behavior6. Timothy J. Ehlinger: Ecology, Phenotype, and Character Evolution in Bluegill Sunfish: A Population Comparative Approach7. Anne E. Margurran: The Causes and Consequences of Geographic Variation in Antipredator Behavior: Perspectives from Fish Populations8. Peter Berthoid: Geographic Variation and the Microevolution of Avian Migratory Behavior9. Richard G. Coss: Effects of Relaxed Natural Selection on the Evolution of Behavior10. Murray J. Littlejohn: Variation in Advertisement Calls of Anurans across Zonal Interactions: The Evolution and Breakdown of Homogamy11. W. Wilczynski and M.J. Ryan: Geographic Variation in Animal Communication Systems12. Paul A. Verrell: Geographic Variation in Sexual Behavior: Sex, Signals, and Speciation13. Susan A. Foster and John A. Endler: Thoughts on Geographic Variation in Behavior

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"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 adiversity 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 animportant 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 ofanimal behaviour and behavioural ecologists would do very well to sample this volume."--Animal Behaviour