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dc.contributor.authorBoulay, Julien
dc.contributor.authorAubernon, Cindy
dc.contributor.authorRuxton, Graeme D.
dc.contributor.authorHédouin, Valéry
dc.contributor.authorDeneubourg, Jean-Louis
dc.contributor.authorCharabidzé, Damien
dc.identifier.citationBoulay , J , Aubernon , C , Ruxton , G D , Hédouin , V , Deneubourg , J-L & Charabidzé , D 2019 , ' Mixed-species aggregations in arthropods ' , Insect Science , vol. 26 , no. 1 , pp. 2-19 .
dc.identifier.otherBibtex: urn:71b62f4c3f52872ac2d0d1d7e6e259ea
dc.description.abstractThis review offers the first synthesis of the research on mixed-species groupings of arthropods and highlights the behavioural and evolutionary questions raised by such behaviour. Mixed-species groups are commonly found in mammals and birds. Such groups are also observed in a large range of arthropod taxa independent of their level of sociality. Several examples are presented to highlight the mechanisms underlying such groupings, particularly the evidence for phylogenetic proximity between members that promotes cross-species recognition. The advantages offered by such aggregates are described and discussed. These advantages can be attributed to the increase in group size and could be identical to those of non-mixed groupings, but competition-cooperation dynamics might also be involved, and such effects may differ between homo- and heterospecific groups. We discuss three extreme cases of interspecific recognition that are likely involved in mixed-species groups as vectors for cross-species aggregation: tolerance behaviour between two social species, one-way mechanism in which one species is attractive to others and two-way mechanism of mutual attraction. As shown in this review, the study of mixed-species groups offers biologists an interesting way to explore the frontiers of cooperation-competition, including the process of sympatric speciation.
dc.relation.ispartofInsect Scienceen
dc.subjectCollective behaviouren
dc.subjectComplex systemen
dc.subjectCross-species recognitionen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleMixed-species aggregations in arthropodsen
dc.typeJournal itemen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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