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Abstract: Social behavior characterizes the interactions that occur among individuals. These can be aggressive, mutualistic, cooperative, altruistic, and parental. When individuals interact repeatedly, social relationships develop and these can form among strangers, relatives, members of the same or opposite sex, and members of the same or different generations. Sets of consistent social relationships produce social systems or social organizations that can be variations on monogamous or polygamous themes of reproduction and involve various types of helpers in cooperative relationships. The nature of any social system is ultimately determined by ecological and social circumstances, demography, and kinship.
Publication Date: 2013
Citation: Rubenstein, DI, Rubenstein, DR. (2013). Social Behavior. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Second Edition), 571 - 579. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00126-X
DOI: doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384719-5.00126-X
Pages: 571 - 579
Type of Material: Book chapter
Journal/Proceeding Title: Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Second Edition)
Version: Author's manuscript

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