Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (BEHAV ECOL SOCIOBIOL)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

The journal publishes reviews and original contributions dealing with quantitative empirical and theoretical studies in the field of the analyis of animal behavior on the level of the individual population and community. Special emphasis is placed on the proximate mechanisms ultimate functions and evolution of ecological adaptations of behavior. Aspects of particular interest: Intraspecific behavioral interactions with special emphasis on social behavior Interspecific behavioral mechanisms e.g. of competition and resource partitioning mutualism predator-prey interactions parasitism Behavioral ecophysiology Orientation in space and time Relevant evolutionary and functional theory Purely descriptive material is not acceptable for publication unless it is concerned with the analysis of behavioral mechanisms or with new theory.

Current impact factor: 2.35

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.35
2013 Impact Factor 3.049
2012 Impact Factor 2.752
2011 Impact Factor 3.179
2010 Impact Factor 2.565
2009 Impact Factor 2.749
2008 Impact Factor 2.917
2007 Impact Factor 2.754
2006 Impact Factor 2.316
2005 Impact Factor 2.232
2004 Impact Factor 2.18
2003 Impact Factor 2.649
2002 Impact Factor 2.273
2001 Impact Factor 2.353
2000 Impact Factor 2.02
1999 Impact Factor 2.324
1998 Impact Factor 2.67
1997 Impact Factor 2.327
1996 Impact Factor 1.721
1995 Impact Factor 1.866
1994 Impact Factor 1.85
1993 Impact Factor 0.813
1992 Impact Factor 1.514

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.93
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.59
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 1.02
Website Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology website
Other titles Behavioral ecology and sociobiology (Online), Behav ecol sociobiol
ISSN 0340-5443
OCLC 39604965
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Recognizing close kin and adjusting one’s behavior accordingly (i.e., favor kin in social interactions, but avoid mating with them) would be an important skill that can increase an animals’ inclusive fitness. Previous studies showed that philopatric female rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) bias their social behavior toward maternal and paternal kin. Benefits gained from selecting kin should, however, not only apply to the philopatric sex, for which the enduring spatial proximity facilitates kin discrimination. Given that dispersal is costly, the dispersing sex may benefit from migrating together with their kin or into groups containing kin. In male rhesus macaques, natal migrants bias their spatial proximity toward familiar male kin rather than familiar non-kin. Here, we set up playback experiments to test if males use the acoustic modality to discriminate familiar female kin from non-kin in a non-sexual context. Males responded differently to the presentation of “coo” calls of related and unrelated females, with their reaction depending on the interaction between kin-line (maternal vs paternal kin) and degree of relatedness (r = 0.5, 0.25). Specifically, males were more likely to respond to close kin compared to more distant kin or unrelated females, with this effect being significant in the maternal, but not paternal kin-line. The present study adds to our knowledge of kin recognition abilities of the dispersing sex, suggesting that male rhesus macaques are also able to identify kin using the acoustic modality. We discuss that the probability of response might be affected by the potential benefit of the social partner.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; 69(10). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1979-9
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; 69(10). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1985-y
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; 69(10). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1969-y
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; 69(10). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1983-0
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    ABSTRACT: In complex societies, communication signals function as fine tools for regulating social structure and coordinating activities, while enabling groups to adjust their strategies flexibly in response to ecological conditions. Social wasps of the genus Polistes perform vibratory movements, which are expressed by dominant individuals mainly during adult-larva feeding interactions. Recent investigations have hypothesized that these signals may influence caste differentiation during larval development. We tested this hypothesis by conducting behavioural observations in the field, in three populations of social wasps (Polistes biglumis) differing in caste ratio: In some populations, foundresses produce workers and future reproductives; in others, workers are rarely produced. We observed that only foundresses produced vibratory signals, which were expressed during larval feeding sessions and only in the period before offspring emergence. Foundresses belonging to populations with workers spent more time producing vibratory signals than those from populations where workers are rare. In some populations, social parasites invaded colonies and subdued host foundresses. Subdued foundresses produced fewer vibratory signals than foundresses of unparasitized colonies. Our data suggest that the dominant status is necessary for the expression of vibratory signals and show that foundresses from different populations produced different numbers of vibratory signals. This difference can be explained well by the hypothesis that vibratory signals influence larval development and promote the production of workers. We suggest that these signals may have been the target of selective forces, in order to regulate caste ratio and maximize colony fitness under local conditions.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; 69(10):1739-1748. DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1986-x
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2007-9
  • László Zsolt Garamszegi · Gábor Markó · Eszter Szász · Sándor Zsebők · Manuel Azcárate · Gábor Herczeg · János Török
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2012-z
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    ABSTRACT: In colonial birds, criteria used for the first choice of a nest site and its temporal and spatial dynamics are rarely studied. This paper addresses first settlement of natal recruits in common terns Sterna hirundo at a stable colony site subdivided into six islands of equal size and habitat. Using extensive individual-based data of aged and sexed individuals with known recruitment age, I focus on timing of laying, island selection in relation to density and centrality, and movements after first breeding. Recruits’ laying date was timed between that of experienced and replacement breeders. The proportion of early clutches, density, and age of breeders were higher at the islands’ edge (the preferred area), whereas late clutches predominated at the center. Sixty-eight percent of recruits settled at the center and only 32 % at the islands’ edge. With advancing age, breeders shifted nest sites from the island center towards the edge. In 7 out of 18 years, annual recruit numbers were not evenly distributed among the islands. Density did not affect island selection, but in years with low numbers of recruits, their aggregation was more distinct. Recruits’ preference of a specific island rarely lasted more than 2 years. Depletion of the central area in the year after recruitment initially attracted new recruits before succeeding cohorts switched to another island. The dynamics of recruits’ settlement indicate diverging tendencies of attracting or repelling recruits at a specific subcolony, affected by group adherence and cohort size, density, and advancing laying date with age and shifts of nest sites towards the preferred subcolony periphery.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 09/2015; 69(9). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1954-5
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    ABSTRACT: In animal competition, resource holding potential (RHP) and resource value are two important factors determining the level of aggression and the outcome of contests. One valuable resource among nest-brooding animals that is subject to intense competition is a suitable nest substrate. Sand goby males (Pomatoschistus minutus) rely on finding good nest substrates, but the strategies vary between regions. We first investigated the nest size preferences in sand gobies from Kalmar Sound, a brackish area of the Baltic Sea with a shortage of suitable shells for nest construction and few invertebrate nest predators. Males expressed clear preference for larger nest substrates regardless of the male’s own size. To manipulate resource value, we provided males with large or small nests and tested if this and/or RHP affected aggression during nest defence. Resource value (a preferred large nest vs an unpreferred small nest) had no effect on aggression. However, RHP (total length of the resident male) had a significant effect. Larger males were more aggressive than smaller ones when matched against an opponent of the same size, suggesting that resident males acted according to own RHP.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 09/2015; 69(9). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1964-3
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    ABSTRACT: Elevation gradients are associated with sharp environmental clines that play a crucial role in the phenotypic diversification of animal populations. In a variety of organisms, the reproductive output of females declines with elevation in parallel to the drop in environmental productivity and shortening of the breeding season. Little evidence is available on male traits associated with reproductive activities, such as territorial defence and signalling, which may decline because of the low economic defendability of resources and the selective advantage of investing in parental rather than mating (e.g. signalling, chasing intruders) effort in such conditions. Along a broad elevational gradient, we investigated variation in the intensity of territorial defence and sexual signalling in males of the water pipit Anthus spinoletta exposed to song playbacks simulating the territorial intrusion of a conspecific. We found that birds from the lower limits of the species distribution approached song stimuli more closely than those from the upper limits. Moreover, physically challenging songs (broad frequency bandwidths and fast trills) elicited a closer approach, and low elevation birds uttered songs ending with the broadest bandwidths. Other responses to the intrusion, such as the number of songs uttered or the latency to approach, exhibited seasonal or spatial variation irrespective of elevation. This study illustrates the decline of some trait associated with aggressive territorial behaviours during male-male conflicts along elevation, and points to the allocation in sexual signalling and motor constraints to signal production, as potential mechanisms underlying it.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 09/2015; 69(9). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1961-6