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Social Recognition in Invertebrates

The Knowns and the Unknowns

  • Laura Aquiloni
  • Elena Tricarico

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Kristina Mead Vetter, Roy L. Caldwell
    Pages 17-36
  3. Blair W. Patullo, David L. Macmillan
    Pages 37-48
  4. Brian A. Hazlett
    Pages 49-56
  5. Solomon T. C. Chak, Raymond Bauer, Martin Thiel
    Pages 57-84
  6. Jan Beermann, Jaimie T. A. Dick, Martin Thiel
    Pages 85-100
  7. André Walter, Trine Bilde
    Pages 101-124
  8. R. Cervo, A. Cini, S. Turillazzi
    Pages 125-145
  9. Michael D. Breed, Chelsea N. Cook, Helen F. McCreery, Michael Rodriguez
    Pages 147-164
  10. Lisa Signorotti, Rita Cervo, Patrizia d’Ettorre
    Pages 165-191
  11. Anne-Geneviève Bagnères, Robert Hanus
    Pages 193-248

About this book


This book uses a wide range of case studies from different invertebrate taxa to describe the numerous forms of social recognition occurring in this large group of animals, and traces the evolution of this cognitive ability. The authors provide several examples of direct (i.e. the target of recognition is a conspecific) and indirect recognition (i.e. recognition of a reliable proxy rather than an individual, such as a den or a substrate), and discuss cases of familiar recognition (i.e. an animal remembers a conspecific but cannot tell what class it comes from or recognize its identity). Class-level recognition (i.e. an animal assigns a conspecific to an appropriate class of animals), and true individual recognition (i.e. an animal both identifies and recognizes a conspecific on an individual basis) are also addressed. ​


Invertebrates animal cognition communication recognition social behavior

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Aquiloni
    • 1
  • Elena Tricarico
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information


“This important book brings together chapters on a comprehensive range of invertebrate taxa, reviewing the evidence in each taxon for social recognition and mechanisms. … This book will encourage and enable further high-quality research in social recognition in invertebrates.” (Tristram D. Wyatt, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 92 (3), September, 2017)