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Dominant aggression as a deterrent signal in paper wasps
Low-level social aggression is a conspicuous feature of cooperative animal societies, but its precise function is usually unclear. One long-standing hypothesis is that aggressive displays by dominant individuals serve to reduce uncertainty about relative strength and deter subordinates from starting fights that they are unlikely to win. However, most formal theoretical models of this idea do not consider how the credibility of deterrent signals might change over time in social groups. Wedoi:10.1093/beheco/aru063 fatcat:fgbmvrocwfdi5fnqv4rzuorkm4