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Red deer synchronise their activity with close neighbours

Overview of attention for article published in PeerJ, April 2014
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Red deer synchronise their activity with close neighbours
Published in
PeerJ, April 2014
DOI 10.7717/peerj.344
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Sean A. Rands, Hayley Muir, Naomi L. Terry


Models of collective animal behaviour frequently make assumptions about the effects of neighbours on the behaviour of focal individuals, but these assumptions are rarely tested. One such set of assumptions is that the switch between active and inactive behaviour seen in herding animals is influenced by the activity of close neighbours, where neighbouring animals show a higher degree of behavioural synchrony than would be expected by chance. We tested this assumption by observing the simultaneous behaviour of paired individuals within a herd of red deer Cervus elaphus. Focal individuals were more synchronised with their two closest neighbours than with the third closest or randomly selected individuals from the herd. Our results suggest that the behaviour of individual deer is influenced by immediate neighbours. Even if we assume that there are no social relationships between individuals, this suggests that the assumptions made in models about the influence of neighbours may be appropriate.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 1 3%
United Kingdom 1 3%
Japan 1 3%
China 1 3%
Unknown 30 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 21%
Researcher 7 21%
Student > Master 5 15%
Lecturer > Senior Lecturer 3 9%
Student > Bachelor 3 9%
Other 9 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 44%
Unspecified 4 12%
Environmental Science 3 9%
Physics and Astronomy 3 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 6%
Other 7 21%

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