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The personality types of key catalytic individuals shape colonies' collective behaviour and success

Authors
  • Pruitt, Jonathan N.
  • Keiser, Carl N.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publisher
Academic Press
Publication Date
May 28, 2014
Volume
93
Pages
87–95
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.04.017
PMID: 32287335
PMCID: PMC7119443
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

• In the social spider Stegodyphus dumicola , individuals vary in their boldness. • Extremely bold individuals influence their groups more than shyer individuals. • Colonies with one extreme individual gain more mass and behave more aggressively. • The effect of extreme individuals scales positively to their degree of boldness.

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