Defence of females by dominant males of Artibeus jamaicensis (Chiroptera :Phyllostomidae)

Citation
J. Ortega et Ht. Arita, Defence of females by dominant males of Artibeus jamaicensis (Chiroptera :Phyllostomidae), ETHOLOGY, 106(5), 2000, pp. 395-407
Citations number
54
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Animal Sciences","Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
ETHOLOGY
ISSN journal
0179-1613 → ACNP
Volume
106
Issue
5
Year of publication
2000
Pages
395 - 407
Database
ISI
SICI code
0179-1613(200005)106:5<395:DOFBDM>2.0.ZU;2-X
Abstract
Defence of females by dominant males of the Jamaican fruit-eating bat Artib eus jamaicensis was observed in two natural colonies over 2 yr. A log-linea r model was used to evaluate the frequency distribution of visits to harems by sex, season and agonistic interaction of dominant males. Harem group si ze varied from four to 18 females, with one adult male in the small and med ium-sized groups and two males in the large groups (> 14 females). A highly significant interaction was noted between the age and sex of the visitor a nd the response of the dominant male. Male visitors were attacked more ofte n than female and juvenile visitors. Aggressive defence increased during th e reproductive seasons, with dominant males showing more agonistic response s towards male visitors. An increase in the frequency of visits by male vis itors was noted in harem groups that ranged in size from four to 12 females , but the frequency of male visits declined in harem groups that contained more than 14 females.