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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 158–163 | Cite as

Dominance hierarchy in colonies of Belonogaster juncea juncea (Vespidae, Polistinae)

  • M. Tindo
  • A. Dejean

Summary:

Dominance behaviours and the structure of the dominance hierarchy in colonies of Belonogaster juncea juncea are described. The frequency of these behaviours was recorded for each individual by noting "all occurrences of rare behaviours". Among the dominance behaviours recorded, the most frequent was "grappling," which represents 69.8 % of the total number of dominance interactions observed. The overall frequency of dominance behaviours was 0.4 ± 0.36 and 2.99 ± 1.97 per hour per individual in pre- and post-emergence colonies, respectively. The data were submitted to the Appleby test, which shows the hierarchy's highly significant level of linearity. The a female showed the highest frequency of dominance interactions and initiated 81.5 % and 48.8 % of the total dominance interactions observed in pre- and post-emergence colonies, respectively. A weekly record of the frequency of dominance interactions throughout the biological cycle shows that this frequency was highest before or immediately after the disappearance of the dominant female. The most aggressive dominance behaviour (falling fights) was observed only during the weeks after the dominant's departure. This behaviour is thus involved in the establishment of the hierarchy and not in its maintenance, which is accomplished by means of less aggressive behaviours.

Key words: Dominance hierarchy, linearity, Belonogaster, Polistinae. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Tindo
    • 1
  • A. Dejean
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Zoologie (Université de Yaoundé I, B.P. 812 Yaoundé, Cameroun). Current address: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Humid Forest Ecoregional Center, B.P. 2008 Yaoundé-Messa, Cameroon, e-mail: iita-hfs@cgiar.org or m.tindo@iccnet.cmCM
  2. 2. LEEC (Université Paris 13, Villetaneuse, France). Current address: Laboratoire d'Ecologie Terrestre (UMR 5552), Université Toulouse III, 118 route de Narbonne, F-31062 Toulouse cedex, France.FR

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