Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms

  • Peter Kappeler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Communication and cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Claudia Fichtel, Marta Manser
      Pages 29-54
    3. Mario Pahl, Jürgen Tautz, Shaowu Zhang
      Pages 87-120
    4. Kurt Kotrschal, Isabella B.R. Scheiber, Katharina Hirschenhauser
      Pages 121-148
  3. Conflict and cooperation

  4. Sex and reproduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Bart Kempenaers, Emmi Schlicht
      Pages 359-411
    3. Jutta Schneider, Lutz Fromhage
      Pages 441-464
    4. Wolfgang Goymann, Heribert Hofer
      Pages 465-501
  5. Behavioural variation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 503-503
    2. Norbert Sachser, Sylvia Kaiser
      Pages 505-536
    3. Michael Taborsky, H. Jane Brockmann
      Pages 537-586
    4. Ralph Bergmüller
      Pages 587-621
    5. Carel P. van Schaik
      Pages 623-653
    6. Peter Kappeler, Cornelia Kraus
      Pages 655-684
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 685-707

About this book


The study of animal behaviour is one of the fastest growing sub-disciplines in biology. The resulting diversity of conceptual approaches and methodological innovations makes it increasingly difficult for professionals and students to keep abreast of important new developments. This edited volume provides up-to-date reviews that facilitate orientation in key areas of animal behaviour, including communication, cognition, conflict, cooperation, sexual selection and behavioural variation. The contributions address evolutionary and proximate aspects of behaviour and also cover both invertebrates and vertebrates. Important concepts are dealt with in separate glossaries and key examples highlighted in separate text boxes. Richly illustrated with colour figures, this volume offers a well structured overview of all the main developments in current animal behaviour research. It is ideal for teaching upper-level courses, where it will be essential reading for advanced students familiar with basic concepts and ideas.


Animal Behaviour Applied Ecology Behaviour Behavioural Variation Cognition Communication Conflict Cooperation Ethology Evolution Hermaphrodite Invertrebrates Sexual Selection Vertebrates phenotype

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Kappeler
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Sociobiology/Anthropology & CRC Evolution of Social Behavior & German Primate Center, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology UnitUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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