Food Hoarding in Animals

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 10, 1990 - Science - 445 pages
In this first comprehensive synthesis of the literature on food hoarding in animals, Stephen B. Vander Wall discusses how animals store food, how they use food and how this use affects individual fitness, why and how food hoarding evolved, how cached food is lost, mechanisms for protecting and recovering cached food, physiological and behavioral factors that influence hoarding, and the impact that hoarding animals have on plant populations and plant dispersal. He then provides detailed coverage of hoarding behavior across taxa—mammals, birds, and arthropods—to address issues in evolution, ecology, and behavior.

Drawings, photographs, and appendixes document complex and intrinsically interesting food-hoarding behaviors, and the bibliography of nearly 1,500 sources is itself an invaluable and unique reference.
 

Contents

1 What is Food Hoarding
1
2 How Do Animals Use Stored Food?
8
3 The Evolution of Food Hoarding
43
4 Cache Loss and CacheProtecting Behavior
82
5 Factors that Influence Hoarding Behavior
111
6 CacheRecovery Behavior
147
7 FoodHoarding Animals as Dispersers of Plants
178
8 FoodHoarding Mammals
217
9 FoodHoarding Birds
283
10 FoodHoarding Arthropods
320
11 Food Hoarding and Community Structure
363
Appendixes
369
Works Cited
377
Subject Index
431
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About the author (1990)

Stephen B. Vander Wall is assistant professor of biology at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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