Ethology and Behavioral Ecology of Odontocetes

  • Bernd Würsig

Part of the Ethology and Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals book series (EBEMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Patterns of Odontocete Ethology and Behavioral Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robin Vaughn-Hirshorn
      Pages 51-73
    3. Stefan Bräger, Zsuzsanna Bräger
      Pages 117-144
    4. Mridula Srinivasan
      Pages 145-163
    5. Sarah L. Mesnick, Lisa T. Ballance, Paul R. Wade, Karen Pryor, Randall R. Reeves
      Pages 183-209
    6. Giovanni Bearzi, Sarah Piwetz, Randall R. Reeves
      Pages 211-235
  3. Examples of Odontocete Ethology and Behavioral Ecology: Present Knowledge and Ways Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Mauricio Cantor, Shane Gero, Hal Whitehead, Luke Rendell
      Pages 261-280
    3. Jim Boran, Sara Heimlich
      Pages 281-304
    4. Richard C. Connor, Mai Sakai, Tadamichi Morisaka, Simon J. Allen
      Pages 345-368
    5. Marc O. Lammers
      Pages 369-385
    6. Dipani Sutaria, Nachiket Kelkar, Claryana Araújo-Wang, Marcos Santos
      Pages 413-434
    7. Jonas Teilmann, Signe Sveegaard
      Pages 449-464
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 495-504

About this book


This book concentrates on the marine mammalian group of Odontocetes the toothed whales, dolphins, and porpoises. In 23 chapters, a total of 40 authors describe general patterns of ethological concepts of odontocetes in their natural environments, with a strong bent towards behavioral ecology. Examples are given of particularly well-studied species and species groups for which enough data exist, especially from the past 15 years. The aim is to give a modern flavor of present knowledge of ethology and behavior of generally large-brained behaviorally flexible mammals that have evolved quite separately from social mammals on land. As well, the plight of populations and species due to humans is described in multiple chapters, with the goal that an understanding of behavior can help to solve or alleviate at least some human-made problems. 


Aquatic Mammals Diving Behavior Feeding Strategies Mammal Conservation Migration Patterns Sexual Behavior Social Strategies

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernd Würsig
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas A&M University at GalvestonGalvestonUSA

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