Causes and consequences of coati sociality

Hirsch, Ben, and Gompper, Matthew (2017) Causes and consequences of coati sociality. In: MacDonald, David W., Newman, Chris, and Harrington, Lauren A., (eds.) Biology and Conservation of the Musteloids. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 515-526.

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Over fifty years ago John Kaufmann conducted a two-year study on the white-nosed coati (Nasua narica) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. The resulting monograph (Kaufmann 1962) is a solid examination of the natural history of the species, with an emphasis on understanding its social structure. Although many such studies now exist, Kaufmanns study bordered on revolutionary at the time because this was one of the first studies to gather detailed ethological data of wild vertebrates via habituation of free-living social animals. The idea of following animals from a distance of just a few metres, and observing the nuances of their behaviour, was relatively novel at the time. The results of Kaufmann's work, and similar studies on primates and other carnivores, have greatly enhanced our understanding of how and why animals live in groups. Such issues frame the core of the modern field of behavioural ecology.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
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