dominance hierarchy


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dom·i·nance hi·er·ar·chy

a social situation in which one organism dominates all below it, the next all below it, and so on down to the organism dominated by all; for example, the pecking order in apes, seals, barnyard hens, and other species.

dominance hierarchy

a phenomenon in animal societies where some members are subordinate to others, giving a reproductive advantage to the less subordinate members. see PECKING ORDER.
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What we're going to be discussing is keys on dominance within family groups, as well as the dominance hierarchy between doe groups.
Individual recognition and the dominance hierarchy in the domesticated pig.
Animals naturally form somewhat small groups where all of the individuals know each other and have established a dominance hierarchy, which eliminates constant fighting and allows the animals to form bonds with one another.
We evaluated 1) whether pairs are the fundamental unit of parrot social structure, 2) the patterns and extent of fission--fusion dynamics, 3) patterns of aggression and dominance hierarchy structure, and 4) whether individuals share foraging information.
In some species, there is a clear dominance hierarchy in winter when males are more territorial than females, as well as younger birds of both sexes (Marra et al.
These interactions were either in accordance with the existing dominance hierarchy in that group or they reflected a possible rank reversal, whereby a low-ranking individual was showing off to a higher-ranking bird.
He said that during pre-rut, which begins in late October, bucks start the process of establishing the dominance hierarchy with other bucks and scent-checking does to see when they are coming into estrous.
The 27 papers in these proceedings explore such aspects as Finland Swedish as a non-dominant variety of Swedish, pluricentric Armenian and its changed dominance hierarchy, non-dominant features of Brazilian Portuguese becoming dominant, intuitive language choices between dominant and non-dominant varieties of Arabic for slogans during the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and Chinese Hokkian and its lexicon in Singapore as evidence for an indigenized Singapore culture.
The observations of male interruptions and agonism suggest that male-male interactions are governed by a size-based dominance hierarchy predicated on access to females, as has been widely noted in other fishes (e.
When ordinary villagers laugh at NGO leaders for sacrificing doll heads, they follow the logic of a reverse dominance hierarchy.
As in the wild, each group self-organizes into a dominance hierarchy, defined by which individual yields first during competition over food, water and grooming partners.
With just a whiff of Urine in a scrape, or glandular secretions on a licking branch, it is believed deer can determine a litany of things about the individual that left them, such as sex, age, breeding status and quite possibly their position in the dominance hierarchy.