Behavioral Ecology of Ungulate; Social Behavior and Communication

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Ecology and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 281

Special Issue Editor

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Wildlife Management Center, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 3-5-8, Saiwaicho, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-8509, Japan
Interests: ungulate; bat; social behavior; foraging ecology; antipredator behavior; spatial behavior; mating system; intraspecific variation; interspecific competition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ungulates, comprising approximately 300 species, are highly prosperous herbivores that live in a wide variety of environments, from rainforests to temperate forests, savannas, steppe, tundra, and mountainous areas. Depending on the diversity of their habitats, they exhibit highly diverse foraging ecology, from browsers to glazers, and anti-predator behaviors. They exhibit a very diverse social system, from solitary to aggregations numbering in the thousands and from monogamous territories to highly polygynous leks. Moreover, some species show intraspecies or intraindividual variation in social behavior, providing an opportunity to explore the links between behavior and ecological and evolutionarily factors. Therefore, ungulates are ideal targets for behavioral ecology. This Special Issue calls for manuscripts that focus on the behavioral ecology of ungulates, especially their social behavior and communication, e.g., social systems, mating, grouping, rearing, scent-marking, vocalization, display, etc.

Dr. Hayato Takada
Guest Editor

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  • Artiodactyla
  • Perissodactyla
  • evolution
  • social system
  • mating behavior
  • grouping behavior
  • reproductive behavior
  • rearing behavior
  • scent marking
  • vocalization

Published Papers

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