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Fission–fusion processes weaken dominance networks of female Asian elephants in a productive habitat

de Silva, Shermin ; Schmid, Volker ; Wittemyer, George



Abstract

Dominance hierarchies are expected to form in response to socioecological pressures and competitive regimes. We assess dominance relationships among free-ranging female Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and compare them with those of African savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana), which are known to exhibit age-based dominance hierarchies. Both species are generalist herbivores, however, the ...

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