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Definitions of Territoriality Used in the Study of Variation in Vertebrate Spacing Systems
Animal Behavior (1995)
  • Christine R Maher, University of Southern Maine
  • Dale F. Lott
Abstract

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.

Keywords
  • variation,
  • vertebrate spacing systems
Disciplines
Publication Date
June, 1995
Publisher Statement
doi: 10.1016/0003-3472(95)90080-2 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00033472
Citation Information
Christine R Maher and Dale F. Lott. "Definitions of Territoriality Used in the Study of Variation in Vertebrate Spacing Systems" Animal Behavior Vol. 49 Iss. 6 (1995)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christine_maher/18/