Dominance Hierarchies

  • Richard H. Yahner
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Abstract

Territoriality and defense of individual distances are two spacing mechanisms typically involved with relationships between social units, whereas social dominance, as in hierarchies, is within social units (Barash 1977; Morse 1980). As with other spacing mechanisms, dominance typically establishes priority access to resources. Dominance usually is attained by animals that are most successful in aggression (e.g., via successfully fighting, chasing, or threatening a conspecific).

Keywords

Testosterone Defend Canid Mollusk 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. Yahner
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  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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