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Sedin Åkerlund, Tula, 2021. Vad driver hunddjur till att leva i flock? : med fokus på jakt, reproduktion och antipredation. First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)



Different animals across the globe display a diverse amount of social structures but it’s not clearly understood why some animals choose to live solitary and some in pairs or groups. There are many clear advantages with hunting in groups, communal nursing and defending territories. In some families of the Canidae individuals from previous litters tend to stay in the family group and help to raise the new pups and provision both the pups and breeding female with food. These individuals may benefit from this by indirect fitness. They can continue to learn from their parents and still be provisioned with food and shelter by not dispersing their first year. There is also a theory that these individuals may thrive to acquire the alpha-status in their territory to benefit from the higher quality resources. This study aims to investigate what advantages the jackal (Canis- adustus, aureaus & mesomelas), bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis) and the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) has with their social structures. It is presented in this study that different species of Canidae benefit from different social structures in multiple ways that may depend on their choice of food and habitat, and they all have one thing in common, their helpers.

Main title:Vad driver hunddjur till att leva i flock?
Subtitle:med fokus på jakt, reproduktion och antipredation
Authors:Sedin Åkerlund, Tula
Supervisor:Jung, Jens
Examiner:Andersson, Maria
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK005 Ethology and Animal Welfare - Bachelor's Programme, 180.0hp
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health (until 231231)
Keywords:flockbeteende, hunddjur, antipredation, canidae, canis, vulpes, otocyon
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal ecology
Deposited On:09 Jul 2021 06:48
Metadata Last Modified:10 Jul 2021 01:01

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