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Escaping From Predators


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 (ISBN-13: 9781316371480)

When a predator attacks, prey are faced with a series of 'if', 'when' and 'how' escape decisions – these critical questions are the foci of this book. Cooper and Blumstein bring together a balance of theory and empirical research to summarise over fifty years of scattered research and benchmark current thinking in the rapidly expanding literature on the behavioural ecology of escaping. The book consolidates current and new behaviour models with taxonomically divided empirical chapters that demonstrate the application of escape theory to different groups. The chapters integrate behaviour with physiology, genetics and evolution to lead the reader through the complex decisions faced by prey during a predator attack, examining how these decisions interact with life history and individual variation. The chapter on best practice field methodology and the ideas for future research presented throughout, ensure this volume is practical as well as informative.

• The first book to present comprehensive findings from the rapidly developing field of escape behaviour, integrating scattered research into a single and accessible resource • Features contributions from leading researchers and brings together theory and empirical research to present a comprehensive view of the latest knowledge in the field • Integrates behaviour with physiology, genetics and evolution, leading the reader through the complex decisions faced by prey during a predator attack and examining how these decisions interact with life history and individual variation


List of contributors; Foreword Ron Ydenberg and Larry Dill; Acknowledgements; 1. Escape behaviour: importance, scope, and variables William E. Cooper, Jr and Daniel T. Blumstein; 2. Theory: models of escape behaviour and refuge use William E. Cooper, Jr; 3. Mammals Theodore Stankowich and Eigil Reimers; 4. Birds Anders Pape Møller; 5. Reptiles William E. Cooper, Jr; 6. Fish and amphibians Patricia A. Fleming and Philip W. Bateman; 7. Invertebrates Philip W. Bateman and Patricia A. Fleming; 8. Prey behaviours during fleeing: escape trajectories, signalling and sensory defences Paolo Domenici and Graeme D. Ruxton; 9. Hiding time in refuge José Martín and Pilar López; 10. Vigilance, alarm calling, pursuit deterrence and predation inspection Guy Beauchamp; 11. Determinants of lizard escape performance: decision, motivation, ability, and opportunity Kathleen L. Foster, Clint E. Collins, Timothy E. Higham and Theodore Garland, Jr; 12. Sensory systems and escape behaviour Luke P. Tyrrell and Esteban Fernández-Juricic; 13. The physiology of escape Yoav Litvin, D. Caroline Blanchard and Robert J. Blanchard; 14. Maternal and genetic effects on escape: a prospective review Lesley T. Lancaster; 15. The personality of escape Pilar López and José Martín; 16. Best practice for the study of escape behaviour Daniel T. Blumstein, Diogo S. M. Samia, Theodore Stankowich and William E. Cooper, Jr; 17. Afterword Daniel T. Blumstein and William E. Cooper, Jr; Index.


'This is essential reading for antipredator buffs.' Tim Caro, The Quarterly Review of Biology

'… a well thought out collection of chapters that provides a comprehensive overview of animal escape behaviors.' Ben Hirsch, ISBE Newsletter


Ron Ydenberg, Larry Dill, William E. Cooper, Jr, Daniel T. Blumstein, Theodore Stankowich, Eigil Reimers, Anders Pape Møller, Patricia A. Fleming, Philip W. Bateman, Paolo Domenici, Graeme D. Ruxton, José Martín, Pilar López, Guy Beauchamp, Kathleen L. Foster, Clint E. Collins, Timothy E. Higham, Theodore Garland, Jr, Luke P. Tyrrell, Esteban Fernández-Juricic, Yoav Litvin, D. Caroline Blanchard, Robert J. Blanchard, Lesley T. Lancaster, Diogo S. M. Samia

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