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

  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2043-5

  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2044-4

  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2042-6

  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2039-1
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    ABSTRACT: Many hypotheses have been proposed to account for cooperative behaviour, with those favouring kin selection receiving the greatest support to date. However, the importance of relatedness becomes less clear in complex societies where interactions can involve both kin and non-kin. To help clarify this, we examined the relative effect of indirect versus key direct benefit hypotheses in shaping cooperative decisions. We assessed the relative importance of likely reciprocal aid (as measured by spatial proximity between participants), kin selection (using molecular-based relatedness indices) and putative signals of relatedness (vocal similarity) on helper/helper cooperative provisioning dynamics in bell miners (Manorina melanophrys), a species living in large, complex societies. Using network analysis, we quantified the extent of shared provisioning (helping at the same nests) among individual helpers (excluding breeding pairs) over three seasons and 4290 provisioning visits, and compared these with the location of individuals within a colony and networks built using either genetic molecular relatedness or call similarity indices. Significant levels of clustering were observed in networks; individuals within a cluster were more closely related to each other than other colony members, and cluster membership was stable across years. The probability of a miner helping at another’s nest was not simply a product of spatial proximity and thus the potential for reciprocal aid. Networks constructed using helping data were significantly correlated to those built using molecular data in 5 of 10 comparisons, compared to 8 of 10 comparisons for networks constructed using call similarity. This suggests an important role of kinship in shaping helping dynamics in a complex cooperative society, apparently determined via an acoustic ‘greenbeard’ signal in this system.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2032-8
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    ABSTRACT: Intraspecific morphological variation may correspond to behavioral variation that helps determine the nature of species interactions. Color variation among populations of variably toxic organisms has been shown to associate with alternative anti-predator behaviors. However, the effects of these alternative behavioral tendencies on the outcomes of interspecific interactions other than predator–prey remain largely unexplored. We investigated how coloration and body size variation in Oophaga pumilio, one of the most phenotypically diverse amphibians known, associated with territorial aggressiveness and how this association influenced the outcome of agonistic male–male interactions with conspecifics and heterospecifics of two sympatric species (Andinobates claudiae and Phyllobates lugubris). Irrespective of body size, resident frogs from more conspicuous, red-colored O. pumilio populations responded to same-morph conspecifics and P. lugubris more quickly and exhibited more aggressive behaviors and more energetically expensive behaviors than resident frogs from green populations under these same treatments. Furthermore, red-colored resident frogs dominated most of the interactions in which they were involved, whereas green residents dominated only a few of the interactions, despite their status as residents. Because conspecific and heterospecific intruders did not behave more aggressively toward red resident frogs, aggressiveness of red residents does not appear to be a response to higher aggression being directed toward them. These results suggest that coloration in O. pumilio is a good indicator of aggressiveness that associates with the outcome of intraspecific and some interspecific behavioral male–male interactions, providing support for a positive association among anti-predator traits, agonistic behavior, and dominance in both intraspecific and interspecific, intraguild interactions.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2027-5
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    ABSTRACT: Female mating preferences can vary temporally, with females choosing different males at different times; and spatially, with females in different populations preferring different males. This level of complexity is now well established, but we know of no evidence for a mosaic of female preferences within a single population. Here we show that, in the banana fiddler crab, Uca mjoebergi, female preferences vary both temporally and spatially. Females living in the high inter-tidal zone changed their mating preference for male size over the duration of the 9-day mating period every semi-lunar cycle: early mating females selected larger males with cooler burrows, slowing embryonic development; those mating later, selected smaller males with warmer burrows, accelerating development. Females living lower in the inter-tidal zone, however, did not show this temporal variation: they select the same sized males throughout the mating period. It is only in the high inter-tidal zone, at the start of the fortnightly mating period, that large size confers a mating advantage to males.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 11/2015; 69(11). DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-1990-1
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    ABSTRACT: The ability to distinguish group members from conspecifics living in other groups is crucial for gregarious species. Olfaction is known to play a major role in group recognition and territorial defense in a wide range of mammalian taxa. Although primates have been typically regarded as microsmatic (having a poor sense of smell), increasing evidence suggests that olfaction may play a greater role in primates’ social life than previously assumed. In this study, we carried out behavioral bioassays using a signaler-receiver paradigm to investigate whether rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) can discriminate between body odors of female group members and females from different social groups. We conducted the study on the research island Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, in the non-mating season and controlled for kinship and familiarity using extensive pedigree and demographic data. Our results indicate that both males and females inspect out-group odors significantly longer than in-group odors. Males licked odors more often than females, and older animals licked more often than younger ones. Furthermore, individuals tended to place their nose longer towards odors when the odor donor’s group rank was higher than the rank of their own group. Reuse of odor samples decreased odor intensity (rated by human experimenters) during the course of a given test day and with longer exposure to ambient air; however, the reuse of odor samples did not significantly influence the response behaviors. Our findings uncover key roles of olfactory communication in a species not possessing distinct scent glands and thus shed light into the evolution of primate olfactory communication.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2013-y

  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00265-015-2015-9