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Animal Social Networks
Animal social networks

Many species of animals are social and engage in associations and interactions with conspecifics. These associations and interactions are components of a species’ social organization and, in turn, are prerequisites for the formation of social networks among individuals of the species. This chapter outlines how features of an animal's social network are circumscribed by its social organization (including typical group sizes, demographic composition, patterns of dispersal, spatial proximity and subgrouping arrangements, characteristic types of social interaction, forms of communication, and the social contexts in which interactions take place). Since social organization varies among animal species, it follows that features of social networks also vary.

Tackling the topic of “animal social networks” in a chapter is challenging in light of the range ...

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