Both species and populations within species display variation in spacing patterns, and the number of published reports documenting this variation is increasing rapidly. The potential for instructive comparisons is high, but the comparative approach requires common terminology. Vague or implicit definitions of spacing systems undermine the rigour of comparisons. Papers were reviewed that examined interspecific and intraspecific variation in spacing systems to determine the degree to which definitions currently produce a common terminology. This report describes and classifies the 48 conceptual and operational definitions of territoriality found in the literature.
- vertebrate spacing systems
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