[MARMAM] New publication on the nature of social relationships in bottlenose dolphins: assessing associations and the role of affiliative, agonistic, and socio-sexual behaviors

Briana Seay seay.briana at gmail.com
Mon Feb 6 05:15:55 PST 2017

Dear colleagues, we are pleased to inform you of our recent publication in
Behavioural Processes:

Harvey, B. S., Dudzinski, K. M., & Kuczaj, S. A. (2017). Associations and
the role of affiliative, agonistic, and socio-sexual behaviors among common
bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). *Behavioural Processes*, *135*.

Little is known about the specific behavioral exchanges that occur on a
day-to-day basis between dyads of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops
truncatus). This study assesses the proportion of time dyads spend in
proximity (within ∼2 m) and the proportion of time spent in affiliative,
agonistic, or socio-sexual contexts within and between age/sex dolphin
pairings to better understand their social relationships. Observations of
bottlenose dolphins housed at the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences
provided 10.5 h of underwater footage from which to examine association
coefficients and inter-individual interactions. These data suggest similar
patterns to previous studies on bottlenose dolphins: mother-calf dyads
shared the highest coefficients of association, followed by male-male,
female-female, and male-female dyads. Four classes of association
coefficients were defined for the population including low, medium,
medium-high and high. This study is the first to quantitatively assess
association patterns concurrently with affiliative, agonistic, and
socio-sexual behaviors for bottlenose dolphins. The predominant
relationships were affiliative.

The paper can be accessed free of charge at https://authors.elsevier.
com/a/1UJxc1LenM57rJ (until February 21st) or you may e-mail
harveybn at eckerd.edu to request a copy.

Briana Harvey

Briana Harvey, M.A.
Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab
University of Southern Mississippi
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