Agonistic behaviour

Agonistic behaviour

In ethology, agonistic behaviour is any social behaviour related to fighting, such as aggressive or submissive behaviours. It explicitly includes behaviours such as subordinance, retreat and conciliation which are functionally and physiologically interrelated with aggressive behaviour, yet fall outside the narrow definition of "aggressive behaviour". The term was coined by Scott and Fredericson [Scott JW & Fredericson E (1951) The causes of fighting in mice and rats. Physiological Zoology "24":273-309.] in 1951.

See also

*Territory (animal)
*Dear enemy recognition


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