The Ecological Significance of Behavioral Dominance

  • Sidney A. GauthreauxJr.
Part of the Perspectives in Ethology book series (PEIE, volume 3)


In a discussion of the evolution of gene flow, Wilson (1975, p. 103) pointed out that a tendency for different sexes and age groups to migrate differentially can exert a profound influence on social structure. In this paper, I suggest that the reverse is equally true: a basic social structure—namely, the dominance hierarchy—can strongly influence the differential dispersal and migration of different sexes and age groups and thereby serve an important function in population dynamics.


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  • Sidney A. GauthreauxJr.
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyClemson UniversityClemsonUSA

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