Primates and Cetaceans: Field Research and Conservation of Complex Mammalian Societies

Edited by Juichi Yamagiwa and Leszek Karczmarski

In this book, the editors present a view of the socioecology of primates and cetaceans in a comparative perspective to elucidate the social evolution of highly intellectual mammals in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Despite obvious differences in morphology and eco-physiology, there are many cases of comparable, sometimes strikingly similar patterns of sociobehavioral complexity. A number of long-term field studies have accumulated a substantial amount of data on the life history of various taxa, foraging ecology, social and sexual relationships, demography, and various patterns of behavior: from dynamic fission-fusion to long-term stable societies; from male-bonded to bisexually-bonded to matrilineal groups.

Primatologists and cetologists have come together to provide four evolutionary themes: (1) social complexity and behavioral plasticity, (2) life history strategies and social evolution, (3) the interface between behavior, demography, and conservation, and (4) selected topics in comparative behavior. These comparisons of taxa that are evolutionarily distant but live in comparable complex sociocognitive environments boost our appreciation of their sophisticated mammalian societies and can advance our understanding of the ecological factors that have shaped their social evolution. This knowledge also facilitates a better understanding of the day-to-day challenges these animals face in the human-dominated world and may improve the capacity and effectiveness of our conservation efforts.

439 pages
Publication year: 2014
Hardcover 149,99 € ISBN 978–4–431–54522–4
eBook 124,94 € ISBN 978–4–431–54523–1


Part 1: Social Ecology

1. How ecological conditions affect the abundance and social organization of folivorous monkeys / Colin A. Chapman, Tamaini V. Snaith and Jan F. Gogarten

2. Dusky dolphins: Flexibility in foraging and social strategies / Bernd Würsig and Heidi C. Pearson

3. Socioecological flexibility of gorillas and chimpanzees / Juichi Yamagiwa and Augustin Kanyunyi Basabose

4. You are what you eat: Foraging specializations and their influence on the social organization and behaviour of killer whales / John K. B. Ford and Graeme M. Ellis

5. Japanese macaques: Habitat-driven divergence in social dynamics / Goro Hanya

6. Shark Bay bottlenose dolphins: A case study for defining and measuring sociality / Margaret A. Stanton and Janet Mann

Part 2: Life History and Social Evolution

7. Female coexistence and competition in ringtailed lemurs: A review of a long-term study at Berenty, Madagascar / Yukio Takahata, Naoki Koyama, Shinfichiro Ichino, Naomi Miyamoto and Takayo Soma

8. Social structure and life history of bottlenose dolphins near Sarasota Bay, Florida: Insights from four decades and five generations / Randall S. Wells

9. Life history tactics in monkeys and apes: Focus on female dispersal species / Juichi Yamagiwa, Yukiko Shimooka and David S. Sprague

10. Social conflict management in primates: Is there a case for dolphins? / Marina Cords and Janet Mann

11. Evolution of small-group territoriality in gibbons / Warren Y. Brockelman, Anuttara Nathalang, David B. Greenberg and Udomlux Suwanvecho

Part 3: Demography, Genetics, and Issues in Conservation

12. Northern muriqui monkeys: Behavior, demography, and conservation / Karen B. Strier

13. Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins: A demographic perspective of a threatened species / Shiang-Lin Huang and Leszek Karczmarski

14. Mountain gorillas: A shifting demographic landscape / Elizabeth A. Williamson

15. Population genetics in the conservation of cetaceans and primates / Kimberly Andrews

16. Eco-toxicants: A growing global threat / Victoria Tornero, Teresa J. Sylvina, Randall S. Wells and Jatinder Singh

Part 4: Selected Topics in Comparative Behavior

17. Observing and quantifying cetacean behavior in the wild: Current problems, limitations and future directions / Janet Mann and Bernd Würsig

18. Social network analysis: Applications to primate and cetacean societies / Margaret A. Stanton and Janet Mann

19. Social touch in apes and dolphins / Michio Nakamura and Mai Sakai

20. Non-conceptive sexual interactions in monkeys, apes, and toothed whales / Takeshi Furuichi, Richard Connor and Chie Hashimoto

21. A mix of species: Associations of heterospecifics among primates and dolphins /Marina Cords and Bernd Würsig

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