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Hidden aggression in termite workers: plastic defensive behaviour dependent upon social context

Authors
  • Ishikawa, Yuki
  • Miura, Toru
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Accepted Date
Nov 30, 2011
Volume
83
Issue
3
Pages
737–745
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.12.022
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
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Abstract

Highlights► We quantified the defensive behaviour of soldiers, reproductives and workers in a termite species. ► Only workers showed behavioural plasticity among the castes. ► Workers showed less aggression when accompanied by soldiers. ► They showed high aggression when accompanied by reproductives. ► Social context affects workers’ behaviour resulting in flexible colony defence.

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