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Sociobiology of Caviomorph Rodents: An Integrative Approach

Sociobiology of Caviomorph Rodents: An Integrative Approach

Luis A. Ebensperger (Editor), Loren D. Hayes (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-84652-0 February 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 408 Pages




Fully integrative approach to the socibiology of caviomorph rodents


  • Brings together research on social systems with that on epigenetic, neurendocrine and developmental mechanisms of social behavior

  • Describes the social systems of many previously understudied caviomorph species, identifying the fitness costs and benefits of social living in current day populations as well as quantified evolutionary patterns or trends


  • Highlights potential parallels and differences with other animal models 

Acknowledgments ix

Notes on contributors xi

Introduction xv

1 The caviomorph rodents: distribution and ecological diversification 1
Ricardo A. Ojeda, Agustina A. Ojeda and Agustina Novillo

2 Diversity of social behavior in caviomorph rodents 28
Christine R. Maher and Joseph R. Burger

3 Comparative neurobiology and genetics of mammalian social behavior 59
Annaliese Beery, Yasmin Kamal, Raúl Sobrero and Loren D. Hayes

4 Developmental underpinnings of social behavior 91
Valentina Colonnello, Ruth C. Newberry and Jaak Panksepp

5 Dispersal in caviomorph rodents 119
Eileen A. Lacey

6 Mechanisms of social communication in caviomorph rodents 147
Gabriel Francescoli, Selene Nogueira and Cristian Schleich

7 Causes and evolution of group-living 173
Luis A. Ebensperger and Loren D. Hayes

8 Rodent sociality: a comparison between caviomorphs and other rodent model systems 201
Nancy G. Solomon and Brian Keane

9 Cooperation in caviomorphs 228
Rodrigo A. Vásquez

10 Caviomorphs as models for the evolution of mating systems in mammals 253
Emilio A. Herrera

11 Parent-offspring and sibling-sibling interactions in caviomorph rodents: a search for elusive patterns 273
Zuleyma Tang-Martínez and Elizabeth R. Congdon

12 Fitness consequences of social systems 306
Loren D. Hayes and Luis A. Ebensperger

13 An integrative view of caviomorph social behavior 326
Luis A. Ebensperger and Loren D. Hayes

Glossary 356

Index 371