Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

Institut für Ökologie und Evolution
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PNAS - Predation risk drives social complexity in cooperative breeders. Groenewoud, Frommen, Josi, Tanaka, Jungwirth & Taborsky
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The evolution of cooperation based on direct fitness benefits. Phil Trans theme issue compiled and edited by Taborsky M., Frommen JG & Riehl C. (2016)
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NATURE COMMUNICATIONS Kinship reduces alloparental care in cooperative cichlids where helpers pay-to-stay
Zoettl M., Heg D., Chervet N. & Taborsky M. (2013)
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Social competence: an evolutionary approach
Taborsky, B. & Oliveira, R.F.
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Larval helpers and age polyethism in ambrosia beetles
Biedermann P.H.W. & Taborsky M.
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Animal personality due to social niche specialisation
Bergmueller R. & Taborsky M.
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Environmental Change Enhances Cognitive Abilities in Fish
Kotrschal, A. & Taborsky, B.
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Extended phenotypes as signals
Franziska C. Schaedelin and Michael Taborsky
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On the Origin of Species by Natural and Sexual Selection
G. Sander van Doorn, Pim Edelaar, Franz J. Weissing
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Cambridge University Press
Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative

Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.
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Publications of the Behavioural Ecology Division

Publications 2017

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • Taborsky, B. (2017): Developmental Plasticity: Preparing for Life in a Complex World. Adv. Stud. Behav 49 [pdf]

  • Schütz, D., Tschirren, L., Pachler, G., Grubbauer, P., Taborsky, M. (2017): Sperm-limited males save ejaculates for future matings when competing with superior rivals. Anim. Behav. 125: 3-12 [pdf]

  • Chouinard-Thuly L., Gierszewski S., Rosenthal G., Reader S., Rieucau G., Woo K.L., Gerlai R., Tedore C., Ingley S.J., Stowers J.R., Frommen J.G., Dolins F.L. & Witte K. (2017): Technical and conceptual considerations for using animated stimuli in studies of animal behavior. Curr. Zool. 63: 5-19 [pdf]

  • Balzarini V., Taborsky M., Villa F. & Frommen J.G. (2017): Computer animations of color markings reveal the function of visual threat signals in Neolamprologus pulcher. Curr. Zool. 63(1), 45–54 [pdf]

  • Bayani D.-M., Taborsky M., Frommen J.G. (2017) To pee or not to pee: urine signals mediate aggressive interactions in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 71:37 [pdf]

 Publications 2016

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • Taborsky, M. (2016) Cooperative breeding. In: V. A. Weekes-Shackleford, T. K. Shackleford (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer [pdf]
  • Schneeberger K. (2016) Cooperative grooming. In: V. A. Weekes-Shackleford, T. K. Shackleford (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer [pdf]
  • Schneeberger, K. (2016): Food sharing and nonhuman reciprocal altruism. In: V. A. Weekes-Shackleford, T. K. Shackleford (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, Springer [pdf]

  • Soudi, S., Reinhold, K., Engqvist, L. (2016): Strong cryptic prezygotic isolation despite lack of behavioural isolation between sympatric host races of the leaf beetle Lochmaea capreae. Evolution 70:2889-2898 [pdf]

  • Engqvist, L. and Reinhold, K. (2016): Adaptive trans-generational phenotypic plasticity and the lack of an experimental control in reciprocal match/mismatch-experiments. Methods Ecol. Evol. 17:1482-1488 [pdf]
  • Abila R., Akoll P., Albertson C., Antunes D., Banda T., Bills R., Bulirani A., Chocha Manda A., Cohen A.S., Cunha-Saraiva F., Derycke S., Donohue I., Du M., Dudu A.M., Egger B., Fritzsche K., Frommen J.G., Gante H.F., Genner M.J., Härer A., Hata H., Irvine K., Isumbisho Mwapu P., Janssens de Bisthoven L., Jungwirth A., Kaleme P., Katongo C., Kéver L., Koblmüller S., Konings A., Lamboj A., Lemmel-Schaedelin F., Machado Schiaffino G., Martens K., Masilya Mulungula P., Meyer A., More H.L., Musilova Z., Muterezi Bukinga F., Muzumani R., Ntakimazi G., Okello W., Phiri H., Pialek L., Plisnier P. D., Raeymaekers J.A.M., Rajkov J., Rican O., Roberts R., Salzburger W., Schoen I., Sefc K.M., Singh P., Skelton P., Snoeks J., Schneider K., Sturmbauer C., Svardal H., Svensson O., Torres Dowdall J., Turner G.F., Tyers A., van Rijssel J.C., Van Steenberge M., Vanhove M.P.M., Verheyen E., Weber A-T., Weyl O., Ziegelbecker A. & Zimmermann H. (2016): Oil extraction imperils Africa's Great Lakes. Science 354: 561-562 [pdf]

  • von Kuerthy, C., Ros, A.F., Taborsky, M. (2016): Androgen responses to reproductive competition of males pursuing either fixed or plastic alternative reproductive tactics. J. Exp. Biol. 219: 3544-3553 [pdf]
  • Dolivo, V., Rutte, C., Taborsky, M. (2016): Ultimate and proximate mechanisms of reciprocal altruism in rats. Learn. Behav. 44: 223-226 [pdf]
  • Schneeberger, K., Voigt, C.C., Müller, C., Caspers, B. (2016): Multidimensionality of chemical information in male greater sac-winged bats (Saccopteryx bilineata). Front. Ecol. Evol. 4: 83 [pdf]

  • Tanaka, H., Frommen, J.G., Takahashi, T. and Kohda M. (2016): Predation risk promotes delayed dispersal in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus obscurus. Anim. Behav. 117: 51-58 [pdf]

  • Schweinfurth, M. and Taborsky, M. (2016): No evidence for audience effects in reciprocal cooperation of Norway rats Ethology 122: 513–521 [pdf]

  • Groenewoud, F., Frommen, J.G., Josi, D., Tanaka, H., Jungwirth, A. and Taborsky, M. (2016): Predation risk drives social complexity in cooperative breeders. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 113: 4104-4019 [pdf]

  • Engqvist, L. and Taborsky, M. (2016): The evolution of genetic and conditional alternative reproductive tactics. Proc. R. Soc. B. 283:20152945 [pdf]

  • Taborsky, B. (2016): Opening the black box of developmental experiments: behavioural mechanisms underlying long-term effects of early social experience. Ethology 122: 267–283 [pdf]

  • Hess, S., Fischer, S., Taborsky, B. (2016): Territorial aggression reduces vigilance but increases aggression towards predators in a cooperatively breeding fish. Anim. Behav. 113: 229e235 [pdf]

  • Soudi, S., Reinhold, K., Engqvist, L. (2016): Genetic architecture underlying host choice differentiation in the sympatric host races of Lochmaea capreae leaf beetles . Genetica 144:147-156 [pdf]

  • von Kuerthy, C., Taborsky, M. (2016): Contest versus scramble competition among males pursuing fixed or plastic alternative reproductive tactics. Anim. Behav. 113: 203-212 [pdf]

  • Soudi, S., Reinhold, K. and Engqvist, L. (2016): Ecologically dependent and intrinsic genetic signatures of postzygotic isolation between sympatric host races of the leaf beetle Lochmaea capreae. Evolution 70:471-479 [pdf]

  • Taborsky, M. (2016): Cichlid fishes: A model for the integrative study of social behavior. In: Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates: Studies of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Edited by Walter D. Koenig and Janis L. Dickinson; pp. 272-293. Cambridge University Press. [pdf]

  • Schuetz, D., Wirtz Ocana, S., Maan, M.E., Taborsky, M. (2016): Sexual selection promotes colonial breeding in shell-brooding cichlid fish. Anim. Behav. 112: 153e161. [pdf].

  • Radwan, J., Engqvist, L. and Reinhold, K. (2016): A paradox of genetic variance in epigamic traits: beyond „good genes” view of sexual selection. Evol. Biol. 43:267-275 [pdf]

  • Quiñones, A.E., van Doorn, S., Pen, I., Weissing, F.J., Taborsky, M. (2016): Negotiation and appeasement can be more effective drivers of sociality than kin selection. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B, 371: 20150089. [pdf].

  • Taborsky, M., Frommen, J.G., Riehl C. (2016): Correlated pay-offs are key to cooperation. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B, 371: 20150084. [pdf].

  • Taborsky, M., Frommen, J.G., Riehl C. (2016): The evolution of cooperation based on direct fitness benefits. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B, 317: 20150472. [pdf].

  • Taborsky, M., Frommen, J.G., Riehl C., eds. (2016): The evolution of cooperation based on direct fitness benefits. Special issue of Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B, 371: 1-173 [content], [issue].

Publications 2015

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • Groothuis, T.G.G., Taborsky, B. (2015): Introducing biological realism into the study of developmental plasticity in behaviour. Front. Zool. 12:S6 [pdf]

  • Taborsky, M., Taborsky, B. (2015): Evolution of genetic and physiological mechanisms of cooperative behaviour. Curr. Opin. Behav. Sci. 6, doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2015.11.001 [pdf]

  • Jungwirth, A., Taborsky, M. (2015): First- and second-order sociality determine survival and reproduction in cooperative cichlids. Proc. R. Soc. B 282: 20151971, doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.1971 [pdf]

  • Jungwirth, A., Brena, P.F., Keller, I., Taborsky, M. (2015): Polygyny affects paternal care, but not survival, pair stability, and group tenure in a cooperative cichlid. Behav. Ecol. 27: 592-600 [pdf]

  • Hesse, S., Anaya-Rojas, J.M., Frommen, J.G. & Thünken, T. (2015): Kinship reinforces cooperative predator inspection in a cichlid fish. J. Evol. Biol. 28: 2088-2096 [pdf]

  • Dolivo, V. & Taborsky, M. (2015): Cooperation among Norway rats: The importance of visual cues for reciprocal cooperation, and the role of coercion. Ethology [pdf
  • Reinhold, K., Engqvist, L., Consul, A. and Ramm, S. A. (2015): Male birch catkin bugs vary copula duration to invest more in matings with novel females. Anim. Behav. 109:161-166 [pdf]
  • Hendrickx F., Vanthournout B., Taborsky M. (2015): Selection for costly sexual traits results in a vacant mating niche and male dimorphism. Evolution [pdf]
  • Voelkl B. (2015): The evolution of generalized reciprocity in social interaction networks. Theor. Pop. Biol. 104: 17-25 [pdf]
  • Soudi, Sh., Reinhold, K. and Engqvist, L. (2015): Host-associated divergence in sympatric host races of the leaf beetle Lochmaea capreae: implications for local adaptation and reproductive isolation. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 116: 169-182 [pdf]

  • Frommen J.G., Hanak, S., Schmidl, C.A., & Thünken, T. (2015): Visible Implant Elastomer tagging influences social preferences of zebrafish (Danio rerio). Behaviour 152: 1765-1777 [pdf]

  • Hettyey, A., Tóth, Z., Thonhauser, K.E., Frommen, J.G., Penn, D.J., & Van Buskirk, J. (2015): The relative importance of prey‑borne and predator‑borne chemical cues for inducible antipredator responses in tadpoles. Oecologia 179: 699-710 [pdf]
  • Mehlis, M., Thünken, T., Bakker, T.C.M., & Frommen J.G. (2015): Quantification acuity in spontaneous shoaling decisions of three-spined sticklebacks. Anim. Cogn. 18: 1125-1131 [pdf]
  • Jungwirth A., Walker J., Taborsky M. (2015): Prospecting precedes dispersal and increases survival chances in cooperatively breeding cichlids. Anim. Behav. 106: 107-114, doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.05.005 [pdf]
  • Fischer, S., Bessert-Nettelbeck, M., Kotrschal, A & Taborsky, B. (2015): Rearing group size determines social competence and brain structure in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Am. Nat., doi: 10.1086/681636 [pdf]
  • Voelkl, B., Portugal, S.J., Unsöld, M., Usherwood, J.R., Wilson, A.M. & Fritz, J. (2015): Matching times of leading and following suggest cooperation through direct reciprocity during V-formation flight in ibis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112: 2115-2120 [pdf]
  • von Kuerthy, C., Tschirren, L. & Taborsky, M. (2015): Alternative reproductive tactics in snail shell-brooding cichlids diverge in energy reserve allocation. Ecol. Evol. 5: 2060–2069, doi: 10.1002/ece3.1495 [pdf]
  • Hesse, S., Anaya-Rojas, J.M., Frommen, J.G. & Thünken, T. (2015): Social deprivation affects cooperative predator inspection in a cichlid fish. R. Soc. Open Sci. 2: 140451 [pdf]
  • Engqvist, L., Cordes, N., Reinhold, K. (2015): Evolution of risk-taking during conspicuous mating displays. Evolution 69-2:395–406 [pdf]
  • Jungwirth, A., Josi, D., Walker, J. & Taborsky, M. (2015): Benefits of coloniality: communal defence saves anti-predator effort in cooperative breeders. Funct. Ecol. 29: 1218-1224, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12430 [pdf]
  • Taborsky, M., Hofmann, H.A., Beery, A.K., Blumstein, D.T., Hayes, L.D., Lacey, E.A., Martins, E.P., Phelps, S.M., Solomon, N.G. & Rubenstein, D.R. (2015): Taxon matters: promoting integrative studies of social behavior. Trends Neurosci.38:189-191, doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2015.01.004 [pdf
  • Dolivo, V. & Taborsky, M. (2015): Norway rats reciprocate help according to the quality of help they received. Biol. Lett. 11:20140959 [pdf

Publications 2014

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • Engqvist, L., Cordes, N., Schwenniger, J., Bakhtina, S. & Schmoll, T. (2014): Female remating behavior in a lekking moth. Ethology 120:662–671 [pdf]
  • Lewis, S.M., Vahed, K., Koene, J.M., Engqvist, L., Bussière, L.F., Perry, J.C., Gwynne, D. & Lehmann, G.U.C. (2014): Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts. Biol. Lett. 10:20140336 [pdf]
  • Nuotclà, J.A.,Taborsky, M. & Biedermann, P.H.W. (2014): The importance of blocking the gallery entrance in the ambrosia beetle Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Coleoptera; Scolytinae). Mitt. Dtsch. Ges. Allg. Angew. Ent. 19: 203-207 [pdf]
  • Mitchell, J.S., Wirtz Ocana, S. & Taborsky, M. (2014: Male and female shell-brooding cichlids prefer different shell characteristics. Anim. Behav. 98:131-137 [pdf]
  • Wirtz Ocana, S., Meidl, P., Bonfils, D. & Taborsky, M. (2014): Y-linked Mendelian inheritance of giant and dwarf male morphs in shell-brooding cichlids.  Proc. Roy. Soc. B 281: 20140253 [pdf]
  • Fischer, S., Taborsky, B., Burlaud, R., Fernandez, A.A., Hess, S., Oberhummer, E. & Frommen, J.G. (2014): Animated images as a tool to study visual communication - a case study in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Behaviour 151:1921-1942 [pdf]
  • Hofmann, H.A., Beery, A.K., Blumstein, D.T., Couzin, I.D., Earley, R.L., Hayes, L.D., Hurd, P.L., Lacey, E.A., Phelps, S.M., Solomon, N.G., Taborsky, M., Young, L.J. & Rubenstein D.R. (2014): An evolutionary framework for studying mechanisms of social behavior. Trends Ecol. Evol. 29:581-589 [pdf]
  • Fischer, S., Zöttl, M., Groenewoud, F. & Taborsky, B. (2014): Group-size-dependent punishment of idle subordinates in a cooperative breeder where helpers pay to stay. Proc. Roy. Soc. B 281:20140184 [pdf]

  • Kingma SA, Santema P, Taborsky M & Komdeur J (2014): Group augmentation and the evolution of cooperation. Trends Ecol. Evol. 29:476-484 [pdf]

  • Taborsky, B., Guyer, L. & Demus, P. (2014): ‘Prudent habitat choice’: a novel mechanism of size-assortative mating. J. Evol. Biol. 27:1217-1228 [pdf]
  • Van Doorn, G.S., Riebli, T. & Taborsky, M. (2014): Coaction versus reciprocity in continuous-time models of cooperation. J. Theor. Biol. 356:1-10 [pdf]
  • Taborsky, M. (2014): Tribute to Tinbergen: The Four Problems of Biology. A Critical Appraisal. Ethology 120:224–227 [pdf]

  • Balzarini, V., Taborsky, M., Wanner, S., Koch, F., & Frommen J.G. (2014): Mirror, mirror on the wall: the predictive value of mirror tests for measuring aggression in fish. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 68:871-878 [pdf]

  • Thünken, T., Eigster, M., & Frommen J.G. (2014): Context-dependent group size preferences in large shoals of three-spined sticklebacks. Anim. Behav. 90:205-210 [pdf]

  • Stratmann, A. & Taborsky, B. (2014): Antipredator defences of young are independently determined by genetic inheritance, maternal effects and own early experience in mouthbrooding cichlids. Funct. Ecol. 28:944-953 [pdf]

  • Kotrschal, A., Szidat, S. & Taborsky, B. (2014): Developmental plasticity of growth and digestive efficiency in dependence of early-life food availability. Funct. Ecol. 28: 878-885 [pdf]

  • Fischer B., van Doorn G. S., Dieckmann U. & Taborsky B. (2014) The evolution of age-dependent plasticity. Am. Nat. 183:108-125 [pdf]

Publications 2013

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • Taborsky M. (2013): Social evolution: Reciprocity there is. Curr. Biol. 23:R486-R488 [pdf]
  • Wolf M., Van Doorn G.S., Leimar O. & Weissing F.J. (2013): The evolution of animal personalities. in: Animal Personalities (Eds. C. Carere & D. Maestripieri) University of Chicago Press [link]
  • Bruintjes R., Heg-Bachar Z. & Heg D. (2013): Subordinate removal affects parental investment, but not offspring survival in a cooperative cichlid. Funct. Ecol. 27:730-738 [pdf]
  • Frommen J.G., Zala S.M., Raveh S., Schaedelin F.C., Wernisch B. & Hettyey A. (2013): Investigating the effect of familiarity on kin recognition of three-spined stickelback (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Ethology 119:531-539 [pdf]
  • Zöttl M., Fischer S., & Taborsky M. (2013): Partial brood care compensation by female breeders in response to experimental manipulation of alloparental care. Anim. Behav. 85:1471-1478 [pdf]
  • Wirtz-Ocaña S., Schütz D., Pachler G. & Taborsky M. (2013): Paternal inheritance of growth in fish pusuing alternative reproductive tactics. Ecol. Evol. 3:1614-1625 [pdf]
  • Taborsky B. & Oliveira R. F. (2013): Social competence vs responsiveness: similar but not same. A reply to Wolf and McNamara Trends Ecol. Evol. 28:254-255 [pdf]
  • Zöttl M., Frommen J.G. & Taborsky M. (2013): Group size adjustment to ecological demand in a cooperative breeder. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 280:20122772 [pdf]
  • Taborsky B., Tschirren L., Meunier C. & Aubin-Horth N. (2013): Stable reprogramming of brain transcription profiles by the early social environment in a cooperatively breeding fish. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 280:20122605 [pdf]
  • Zöttl M., Heg D., Chervet N. & Taborsky M. (2013): Kinship reduces alloparental care in cooperative cichlids where helpers pay-to-stay. Nature Commun. 4:1341 [pdf]
  • Zöttl M., Chapuis L., Freiburghaus M. & Taborsky M. (2013): Strategic reduction of help before dispersal in a cooperative breeder. Biol. Lett. 9:20120878 [pdf]
  • Fischer S. & Frommen J.G. (2013): Eutrophication alters social preferences in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 67:293-299 [pdf]

  • Biedermann P.H.W., Klepzig K.D., Taborsky M. & Six D.L. (2013): Abundance and dynamics of filamentous fungi in the complex ambrosia gardens of the primitively eusocial beetle Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae). FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 83:711-723 [pdf, 811 KB]

Publications 2012

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • Frommen J.G., Bakker T.C.M., Proscurcin L.C. & Mehlis M. (2012): Gravidity-associated shoaling decisions in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Ethology 118:1149–1156 [pdf]
  • Taborsky B. & Oliveira R.F. (2012): Social competence: an evolutionary approach. Trends Ecol. Evol. 27:679-688 [pdf]
  • Taborsky M. (2012): Das Kernproblem der Evolutionstheorie: Kooperation und Altruismus. Evolution wohin? Die Folgen der darwinschen Theorie (Hrsg. M. Dubach) Vdf Hochschulverlag, ETH Zuerich 115-125 [pdf, Link ]
  • Riebli T., Taborsky M., Chervet N., Apolloni N., Zürcher Y. & Heg D. (2012): Behavioural type, status and social context affect behaviour and resource allocation in cooperatively breeding cichlids. Anim. Behav. 84:925-936 [pdf]
  • Biedermann P.H.W., Peer K. & Taborsky M. (2012): Female dispersal and reproduction in the ambrosia beetle Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Coleoptera; Scolytinae). Mitt. Dtsch. Ges. allg. angew. Entomol. 18:231-235 [pdf]
  • Schuetz D., Heg-Bachar Z., Taborsky M. & Heg D. (2012): Spawning coordination of mates in a shell brooding cichlid Int. J. Evol. Biol. ID:517849 [pdf]
  • De Fine Licht H.H. & Biedermann P.H.W. (2012): Patterns of functional enzyme activity in fungus farming ambrosia beetles. Front. Zool. 9:13 [pdf]
  • Schädelin F.C., Fischer S. & Wagner R.H. (2012): Reduction in predator defense in the presence of neighbors in a colonial fish. PLoS ONE. 7:e35833 [pdf]
  • Mehlis M., Frommen J.G., Rahn A.K., & Bakker T.C.M. (2012): Inbreeding in three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus L.): effects on testis and sperm traits. Biol. J. Linnean Soc. 107:510-520 [pdf]
  • Taborsky B., Heino M. & Dieckmann U. (2012): Size-dependent mortality and competition interactively shape community diversity. Evolution 66:3524-3544 [pdf]
  • Robinson M.R., Van Doorn G.S., Gustafsson L. & Qvarnström A. (2012): Environment-dependent selection on mate choice in a natural population of birds. Ecol. Lett.  15:611-618 [pdf]
  • Servedio M.R., Van Doorn G.S., Kopp M., Frame A.M. & Nosil P. (2012): Magic traits, pleiotropy and effect sizes: a response to Haller et al. Trends Ecol. Evol. 27:5-6 [pdf, response  to pdf]
  • Segers F.H.I.D. & Taborsky B. (2012): Competition level determines compensatory growth abilities. Behav. Ecol. 23:665-671 [pdf]
  • Sefc K.M., Hermann C.M., Taborsky B. & Koblmüller S. (2012): Brood mixing and reduced polyandry in a maternally mouthbrooding cichlid with elevated among-breeder relatedness. Mol. Ecol. 21:2805-2815 [pdf]
  • Taborsky B., Arnold C., Junker J. & Tschopp A. (2012): The early social environment affects social competence in a cooperative breeder. Anim. Behav. 83:1067-1074 [pdf]
  • Schneeberger K., Dietz M. & Taborsky M. (2012): Reciprocal cooperation between unrelated rats depends on cost to donor and benefit to recipient. BMC Evol. Biol. 12:41 [pdf]
  • Kotrschal A., Heckel G., Bonfils D. & Taborsky B. (2012): Life-stage specific environments in a ciclid fish: implications for inducible maternal effects. Evol. Ecol. 26:123-137 [pdf]
  • Segers F.H.I.D. & Taborsky B. (2012): Juvenile exposure to predator cues induces a large egg size in fish. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 279:1241-1248 [pdf]
  • Segers F.H.I.D., Berishvili G. & Taborsky B. (2012): Egg size-dependent expression of growth hormone receptor accompanies compensatory growth in fish. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 279:592-600 [pdf]
  • Van Doorn G.S. & Taborsky M. (2012): The evolution of generalized reciprocity on social interaction networks. Evolution 66:651-664 [pdf]

Publications 2011

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • Servedio M.R., van Doorn G.S., Kopp M., Frame A.M. & Nosil P. (2011): Magic traits in speciation: 'magic' but not rare? Trends Ecol. Evol. 26:389-397 [pdf]
  • Weissing F.J., Edelaar P. & van Doorn G.S. (2011): Adaptive speciation theory: a conceptual review. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 65:461-480 [pdf]
  • Keller L., Peer K., Bernasconi C., Taborsky M. & Shuker D.M. (2011): Inbreeding and selection on sex ratio in the bark beetle Xylosandrus germanus. BMC Evol. Biol. 11:359 [pdf]
  • Schütz D. & Taborsky M. (2011): Sexual selection in the water spider: female choice and male-male competition. Ethology 117:1101-1110 [pdf
  • Rutte C. (2011): The sacred commons: Conflicts and solutions of resource management in sacred natural sites. Biol. Cons. 144:2387-2394 [pdf]
  • Bruintjes R., Bonfils D., Heg D. & Taborsky M. (2011): Paternity of subordinates raises cooperative effort in cichlids. PLoS ONE 6:e25673 [pdf]
  • Biedermann P.H.W. & Taborsky M. (2011): Larval helpers and age polyethism in ambrosia beetles. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108:17064-17069 [pdf]
  • Riebli T., Avgan B., Bottini A.M., Duc C., Taborsky M. & Heg D. (2011): Behavioural type affects dominance and growth in staged encounters of cooperatively breeding cichlids. Anim. Behav. 81:313-323 [pdf]
  • Barta Z., McNamara J.M., Huszár D.B. & Taborsky M. (2011): Cooperation among non-relatives evolves by state-dependent generalized reciprocity. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 278:843-848 [pdf]
  • Lehner S.R., Rutte C. & Taborsky M. (2011): Rats benefit from winner and loser effects. Ethology 117: 1-12. [pdf]
  • Le Vin A.L., Mable B.K., Taborsky M., Heg D. & Arnold K.E. (2011): Individual variation in helping in a cooperative breeder: relatedness versus behavioural type. Anim. Behav. 82:467-477 [pdf]
  • Kotrschal A., Fischer B. & Taborsky B. (2011): A noninvasive method to determine fat content in small fish based on swim bladder size estimation. J. Exp. Zool. 315:408-415 [pdf
  • Heg D., Schürch R. & Rothenberger S. (2011): Behavioral type and growth rate in a ciclid fish. Behav. Ecol. 22:1227-1233 [pdf]
  • Frommen J.G. (2011): Book review: Tinbergen`s legacy in Behaviour (von Hippel 2010). J. Fish Biol. 79:310-311 [pdf]
  • Segers F.H.I.D., Gerber B. & Taborsky B. (2011): Do maternal food deprivation and offspring predator cues interactively affect maternal effort in fish? Ethology 117:708-721 [pdf]

  • Mersmann D., Tomasello M., Call J., Kaminski J. & Taborsky M. (2011): Simple mechanisms can explain social learning in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris). Ethology 117:675-690 [pdf]
  • Häsler M.P., Lindeyer C.M., Otti O., Bonfils D., Heg D. & Taborsky M. (2011): Female mouthbrooders in control of pre- and postmating sexual selection. Behav. Ecol. 22:1033-1041 [pdf]

  • Townsend S.W., Zöttl M. & Manser M.B. (2011): All clear? Meerkats attend to contextual information in close calls to coordinate vigilance. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 65:1927-1934 [pdf]

  • Bhagwat S.A., Ormsby A.A. & Rutte C. (2011): Role of religion in linking conservation and development: challenges and opportunities. J. Stud. Rel. Nat. Cult. 5:39-60 [pdf]
  • Chervet N., Zöttl M., Schürch R., Taborsky M. & Heg D. (2011): Repeatability and heritability of behavioural types in a social cichlid. Int. J. Evol. Biol. ID:321729 [pdf]
  • Fischer B., Dieckmann U. & Taborsky B. (2011): When to store energy in a stochastic environment. Evolution 65:1221-1232 [pdf]
  • Segers F.H.I.D. & Taborsky B. (2011): Egg size and food abundance interactively affect juvenile growth and behaviour. Funct. Ecol. 25:166-176 [pdf]
  • Biedermann P.H.W., Klepzig K.D. & Taborsky M. (2011): Costs of delayed dispersal and alloparental care in the fungus-cultivating ambrosia beetle Xyleborus affinis Eichhoff (Scolytinae: Curculionidae). Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 65:1753–1761 [pdf]

  • Abbot P., et al. (2011): Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality. Nature 471:E1-E4 [pdf]

  • Bruintjes R. & Taborsky M. (2011): Size-dependent task specialization in a cooperative cichlid in response to experimental variation of demand. Anim. Behav. 81:387-394 [pdf]
  • Grubbs K.J. et al. (2011): Complete genome sequence of Streptomyces griseus strain XylebKG-1, an Ambrosia beetle-sssociated actinomycete. J. Bacteriol. 193:2890-2891 [pdf]
  • Heg D., Rothenberger S. & Schürch R. (2011): Habitat saturation, benefits of philopatry, relatedness and the extent of co-operative breeding in a cichlid. Behav. Ecol. 22:82-92 [pdf]

  • Fischer B., Taborsky B. & Kokko H. (2011): How to balance the offspring quality-quantity tradeoff when environmental cues are unreliable. Oikos 120:258-270 [pdf]

  • Wolf M., Van Doorn G.S. & Weising F.J. (2011): On the coevolution of social responsiveness and behavioural consistency. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 278:440-448 [pdf]

Publications 2010

of the Behavioural Ecology Division
  • van Doorn G.S. & Kirkpatrick M. (2010): Transitions between male and female heterogamety caused by sex-antagonistic selection. Genetics 186:629-645 [pdf]
  • Taborsky M. (2010): Anonymous (and other) social experience and the evolution of cooperation by reciprocity. In: Social behaviour: genes, ecology and evolution (Eds. Szekely T., Moore A.J. & Komdeur J.). Cambridge University Press. 470-473 [link]
  • Ota K., Heg D., Hori M. & Kohda M. (2010): Sperm phenotypic plasticity in a shell-brooding cichlid: a territorial male's counterstrategy to spawning takeover. Behav. Ecol. 21:1293-1300 [pdf]
  • Schürch R., Rothenberger S. & Heg D. (2010): The building-up of social relationships: behavioural types, social networks and cooperative breeding in a cichlid. Philos. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 365:4089-4098 [pdf]
  • Witsenburg F., Schürch R., Otti O. & Heg D. (2010): Behavioural types and ecological effects in a natural population of the cooperatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. Anim. Behav. 80:757-767 [pdf]
  • Van de Pol M. et al. (2010): Do changes in the frequency, magnitude and timing of extreme climatic events threaten the population viability of coastal birds? J. Appl. Ecol. 47:720-730 [pdf]
  • Kotrschal A. & Taborsky B. (2010): Resource Defence or Exploded Lek? – A Question of Perspective. Ethology 116:1189–1198 [pdf]
  • Awata S., Kohda M., Shibata J., Hori M. & Heg D. (2010): Group structure, nest size and reproductive success in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Julidochromis ornatus: a correlation study. Ethology 116:316-328 [pdf]
  • Raveh S., Heg D., Dobson F.S., Coltman D.W., Gorrell J.C., Balmer A. & Neuhaus P. (2010): Mating order and reproductive success in male Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus). Behav. Ecol. 21:537-547 [pdf]
  • Heg D. (2010): Status-dependent and strategic growth adjustments in female cooperative cichlids. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 64:1309-1316 [pdf]
  • Bergmüller R. & Taborsky M. (2010): Animal personality due to social niche specialisation. Trends Ecol. Evol. 25:504-511 [pdf]
  • Taborsky M. (2010): Ethology in Europe. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, volume 1 (Eds. Breed M.D. & Moore J.) Elsevier. 649-651 [link]

  • Taborsky M. & Neat F.C. (2010): Fertilization mode, sperm competition, and cryptic female choice shape primary sexual characters in fish. In: The Evolution of Primary Sexual Characters in Animals (Eds. Leonard J. & Cordoba-Aguilar A.) Oxford University Press. 379-408 [link]

  • Biedermann P.H.W. (2010): Observations on sex ratio and behavior of males in Xyleborinus saxesenii Ratzeburg (Scolytinae, Coleoptera). In: Sixty years of discovering scolytine and platypodine diversity: A tribute to Stephen L. Wood (Eds. Cognato A.I. & Knížek M.). ZooKeys 56:253-267 [pdf]
  • Heg D. & Taborsky M. (2010): Helper response to experimentally manipulated predation risk in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. PLoS ONE 5:e10784 [pdf]
  • Schürch R. & Heg D. (2010): Variation in helper type affects group stability and reproductive decisions in a cooperative breeder. Ethology 116:257–269 [pdf]
  • Schürch R. & Heg D. (2010): Life history and behavioral type in the highly social cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. Behav. Ecol. 21:588-598 [pdf]
  • Voigt-Heucke S.L., Taborsky M. & Dechmann D.K.N. (2010): A dual function of echolocation: bats use echolocation calls to identify familiar and unfamiliar individuals. Anim. Behav. 80:59-67 [pdf] Highlighted by Science [pdf]
  • Schaedelin F.C. & Taborsky M. (2010): Female choice of a non-bodily ornament: an experimental study of cichlid sand craters in Cyathopharynx furcifer. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 64:1437-1447 [pdf]
  • Bruintjes R., Hekman R. & Taborsky M. (2010): Experimental global food reduction raises resource acquisition costs of brood care helpers and reduces their helping effort. Funct. Ecol. 24:1054-1063 [pdf]
  • Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J. (2010): Alternative reproductive tactics and life history phenotypes. In: Animal Behaviour: Evolution and Mechanisms (Ed. Kappeler P.) Springer, Berlin. 537-586 [pdf, link to the book.]
  • Kotrschal A. & Taborsky B. (2010): Environmental change enhances cognitive abilities in fish. PLoS Biol. 8:e1000351 [pdf]
  • Kotrschal A. (2010): Telomere: Spuren die das Leben schrieb. Gehirn & Geist 3:64-67 [pdf]
  • Schütz D., Pachler G., Ripmeester E., Goffinet O. & Taborsky M. (2010): Reproductive investment of giants and dwarfs: specialized tactics in a cichlid fish with alternative male morphs. Funct. Ecol. 24:131-140 [pdf]
  • Arnold C. & Taborsky B. (2010): Social experience in early ontogeny has lasting effects on social skills in cooperatively breeding cichlids. Anim. Behav. 79:621–630 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2010): Sample size in the study of behaviour. Ethology 116:185–202 [pdf]

Publications 2009

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Haesler M.P., Lindeyer C.M. & Taborsky M. (2009): Reproductive parasitism: male and female responses to conspecific and heterospecific intrusions at spawning in a mouth-brooding cichlid Ophthalmotilapia ventralis. J. Fish Biol. 75:1845–1856 [pdf]

  • Kohda M., Heg D., Makino Y., Takeyama T., Shibata J., Watanabe K., Munehara H., Hori M. & Awata S. (2009): Living on the wedge: female control of paternity in a cooperatively polyandrous cichlid. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 276:4207-4214 [pdf]

  • Heg D., Jutzeler E., Mitchell J.S. & Hamilton I.M. (2009): Helpful female subordinate cichlids are more likely to reproduce. PLoS ONE 4:e5458 [pdf]

  • Van Doorn G.S., Edelaar P. & Weising F.J. (2009): On the origin of species by natural and sexual selection. Science 326:1704-1707 [pdf]

  • Rutte C. & Pfeiffer T. (2009): Evolution of reciprocal altruism by copying observed behaviour. Curr. Sci. 97:1573-1578 [pdf]

  • Mitchell J.S., Jutzeler E., Heg D. & Taborsky M. (2009): Gender differences in the costs that subordinate group members impose on dominant males in a cooperative breeder. Ethology 115:1162-1174 [pdf]
  • Mitchell J.S., Jutzeler E., Heg D. & Taborsky M. (2009): Dominant members of cooperatively-breeding groups adjust their behaviour in response to the sexes of subordinates. Behaviour 146:1665-1686 [pdf]
  • Taborsky M (2009): Reproductive skew in cooperative fish groups: virtue and limitations of alternative modeling approaches. In: Reproductive Skew in Vertebrates: Proximate and Ultimate Causes (Eds. Hager R. & Jones C.B.). Cambridge University Press. 265-304 [pdf]
  • Biedermann P.H.W., Klepzig K.R. & Taborsky M. (2009): Fungus cultivation by ambrosia beetles: Behavior and laboratory breeding success in three Xyleborine species. Environ. Entomol. 38:1096-1105 [pdf]

  • Schaedelin F.C. & Taborsky M. (2009): Extended phenotypes as signals. Biological Reviews  84:293–313 [pdf]

  • Immler S. & Taborsky M. (2009): Sequential polyandry affords post-mating sexual selection in the mouths of cichlid females. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 63:1219-1230 [pdf]

  • Rankin D.J. & Eggimann F. (2009): The evolution of judgement bias in indirect reciprocity. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 276:1339–1345 [pdf]

  • Biedermann P.H.W. & Kärcher M.H. (2009): Weather-dependent activity and flying height of Barn Swallows, Hirundo rustica Linnaeus 1758, and House Martins, Delichon urbicum (Linnaeus 1758). Egretta 50:76-81 [pdf (in german - with english abstract)]

  • Taborsky B., Guyer L. & Taborsky M. (2009): Size-assortative mating in the absence of mate choice. Anim. Behav. 77:439–448 [pdf]

  • Fischer B., Taborsky B. & Dieckmann U. (2009): Unexpected patterns of plastic energy allocation in stochastic environments. Am. Nat. 173:E108-E120 [pdf]

  • Rankin D.J. & Taborsky M. (2009): Assortment and the evolution of generalized reciprocity. Evolution 63:1913-1922 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2009): Biased citation practice and taxonomic parochialism. Ethology 115:105–111 [pdf]

Publications 2008

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Bender N., Taborsky M., & Power D.M. (2008): The role of prolactin in the regulation of brood care in the cooperatively breeding fish Neolamprologus pulcher. J. Exp. Zool. 309A:515–524 [pdf]

  • Ilmonen P., Kotrschal A. & Penn D.J. (2008): Telomere Attrition Due to Infection. PLoS ONE 3:e2143 [pdf]

  • Delhey K., Peters A., Biedermann P.H.W. & Kempenaers, B. (2008): Optical properties of the uropygial gland secretion: no evidence for UV cosmetics in birds. Naturwissenschaften 95:939-946 [pdf,]

  • Kärcher M.H., Biedermann P.H.W., Hrassnigg N. & Crailsheim K. (2008): Predator-prey interaction between drones of Apis mellifera carnica and insectivorous birds. Apidology 39:302-309 [pdf]

  • Hirschenhauser K., Canario A.V.M., Ros A.F.H., Taborsky M. & Oliveira R.F. (2008): Social context may affect urinary excretion of 11-ketotestosterone in African cichlids. Behaviour 145:1367-1388 [pdf]

  • Bruintjes R. & Taborsky M. (2008): Helpers in a cooperative breeder pay a high price to stay: effects of demand, helper size and sex. Anim. Behav. 75:1843-1850 [pdf]
  • Hochberg M.E., Rankin D.J. & Taborsky M. (2008): The coevolution of cooperation and dispersal in social groups and its implications for the emergence of multicellularity. BMC Evol. Biol. 8:238 [pdf]

  • Heg D., Heg-Bachar Z., Brouwer L. & Taborsky M. (2008): Experimentally induced helper dispersal in colonially breeding cooperative cichlids. Environ. Biol. Fish. 83:191-206 [pdf]

  • Dierkes P., Taborsky M. & Achmann R. (2008): Multiple paternity in the cooperatively breeding fish Neolamprologus pulcher. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 62:1581–1589 [pdf]

  • Maan M.E. & Taborsky M. (2008): Sexual conflict over breeding substrate causes female expulsion and offspring loss in a cichlid fish. Behav. Ecol. 19:302-308 [pdf]

  • Bender N., Heg-Bachar Z., Oliveira R.F., Canario A.V.M., & Michael Taborsky (2008): Hormonal control of brood care and social status in a cichlid fish with brood care helpers. Physiol. Behav. 94:349-358 [pdf]

  • Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J. (2008): "Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative Approach". Cambridge University Press. 507pp. [pdf, link]

  • Taborsky M., Oliviera R.F. & Brockmann H.J. (2008): The evolution of alternative reproductive tactics: concepts and questions. In: Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative Approach (Eds. Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.). Cambridge University Press. 1-21 [pdf]

  • Brockmann H.J. & Taborsky M. (2008): Alternative reproductive tactics and the evolution of alternative allocation phenotypes. In: Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative Approach (Eds. Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.). Cambridge University Press. 25-51 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2008): Alternative reproductive tactics in fish. In: Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative Approach (Eds. Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.). Cambridge University Press. 251-299 [pdf]

  • Brockmann H.J., Oliveira R.F., & Taborsky M. (2008): Integrating mechanisms and function:prospects for future research. In: Alternative Reproductive Tactics: An Integrative Approach (Eds. Oliveira R., Taborsky M. & Brockmann H.J.). Cambridge University Press. 471-489 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2008): The use of theory in behavioural research. Ethology 114:1-6 [pdf]

  • Moksnes A. et al. (2008): Individual female common cuckoos Cuculus canorus lay constant egg types but egg appearance cannot be used to assign eggs to females. J. Avian Biol. 39:238-241 [pdf]

  • Rutte C. & Taborsky M. (2008): The influence of social experience on cooperative behaviour of rats (Rattus norvegicus): direct vs generalised reciprocity. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 62:499–505 [pdf]
  • Kohda M., Shibata J., Awata S., Gomagano D., Takeyama T., Hori M. & Heg D. (2008): Niche differentiation depends on body size in a cichlid fish: a model system of a community structured according to size regularities. J. Anim. Ecol. 77:859-868 [pdf]
  • Heg D. & Hamilton I.M. (2008): Tug-of-war over reproduction in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 62:1249-1257 [pdf]
  • Hamilton I.M. & Heg D. (2008): Sex differences in the effect of social status on the growth of subordinates in a co-operatively breeding cichlid. J. Fish Biol. 72:1079-1088 [pdf]
  • Heg D. (2008): Reproductive suppression in female cooperatively breeding cichlids. Biol. Lett. 4:606-609 [pdf]
  • Heg D., Jutzeler E., Bonfils D. & Mitchell J. S. (2008): Group composition affects male reproductive partitioning in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Mol. Ecol. 17:4359-4370 [pdf]
  • Konovalov D.A. & Heg D. (2008): Estimation of population allele frequencies from small samples containing multiple generations. Proceedings of the 6th Asia-Pacific Bioinformatics Conference 14–17 January 2008, Kyoto, Japan, Imperial College Press, London 321–331 [pdf]

  • Konovalov D.A. & Heg D. (2008): Technical advances: A maximum-likelihood relatedness estimator allowing for negative relatedness values. Mol. Ecol. Notes 8:256-263 [pdf]

  • Rankin D.J. (2008): Can punishment maintain sex? Oikos 117:173-176 [pdf]

  • Kokko H., Heubel K.U. & Rankin D.J. (2008): How populations persist when asexuality requires sex: the spatial dynamics of coping with sperm parasites. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 275:817-825 [pdf]

  • Rankin, D.J. & Arnqvist, G. (2008): Sexual dimorphism is associated with population fitness in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. Evolution 62:622-630 [pdf]

Publications 2007

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Kotrschal A., Ilmonen P. & Penn D.J. (2007): Stress impacts telomere dynamics. Biol. Lett. 3:128-130 [pdf]

  • Rankin D.J., Bargum K. & Kokko H. (2007): The tragedy of the commons in evolutionary biology. Trends Ecol. Evol. 22:643-651 [pdf]

  • Rankin, D.J. (2007): Simple maths for a perplexing world. Science 318:919 [pdf]

  • Van de Pol M.,Pen I., Heg D. & Weissing F.J. (2007): Variation in habitat choice and delayed reproduction: Adaptive queuing strategies or individual quality differences? Am. Nat. 170:530-541 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M. & Heg D. (2007): Clutch-size adjustments and skew models: effects on reproductive partitioning and group stability. Behav. Ecol. 18:467-476 [pdf]

  • Skubic E. (2007): Cooperation theory of cooperative breeding. Behav. Process. 76:90-94 [pdf]

  • Diaz P.C., Grüter C. & Farina W.M. (2007): Floral scents affect the distribution of hive bees around dancers. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 61:1589-1597 [pdf]

  • Grüter C. & Farina W.M. (2007): Nectar distribution and its relation to food quality in honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Insect. Soc. 54:87-94 [pdf]

  • Farina W.M., Grüter C., Acosta L. & Mc Cabe S. (2007): Honeybees learn floral odors while receiving nectar from foragers within the hive. Naturwissenschaften 94:55-60 [pdf]

  • Duftner N., Sefc K.M., Koblmüller S., Salzburger W., Taborsky M. & Sturmbauer C. (2007): Parallel evolution of facial stripe patterns in the Neolamprologus brichardi/pulcher species complex endemic to Lake Tanganyika. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 45:706-715 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2007): Cooperation built the Tower of Babel. Behav. Process. 76:95-99 [pdf]

  • Schütz D., Taborsky M. & Drapela T. (2007): Air bells of water spiders are an extended phenotype modified in response to gas composition. J. Exp. Zool. 307A:549-555 [pdf]

  • Steinegger M. & Taborsky B. (2007): Asymmetric sexual conflict over parental care in a biparental cichlid. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 61:933-941 [pdf]

  • Taborsky B., Skubic E. & Bruintjes R. (2007): Mothers adjust egg size to helper number in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Behav. Ecol. 18:652-657 [pdf]

  • Rutte C. & Taborsky M. (2007): Generalized reciprocity in rats. PLoS Biol. 5:1421-1425 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2007): Impact factor statistics and publication practice: What can we learn? Ethology 113:1-8 [pdf]

  • Bergmueller R. & Taborsky M. (2007): Adaptive behavioural syndromes due to strategic niche specialization. BMC Ecol. 7:12 [pdf]

  • Peer K. & Taborsky M. (2007): Delayed dispersal as a potential route to cooperative breeding in ambrosia beetles. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 61:729-730 [pdf]

Publications 2006

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Grüter C., Acosta L.E. & Farina W.M. (2006): Propagation of olfactory information within the honeybee hive. Behav. Ecol. Sociobio. 60:707-713 [pdf]

  • Schütz D., Parker G.A., Taborsky M. & Sato T. (2006): An optimality approach to male and female body sizes in an extremely size-dimorphic cichlid fish. Evol. Ecol. Res. 8:1393-1408. [pdf]

  • Dalbeck L. & Heg D. (2006): Reproductive success of a reintroduced population of eagle owls Bubo bubo in relation to habitat characteristics in the Eifel, Germany. Ardea 94:3-21 [pdf]

  • Heg D. & Bachar Z. (2006): Cooperative breeding in the Lake Tanganyika cichlid Julidochromis ornatus. Environ. Biol. Fish. 76:265-281 [pdf]

  • Biedermann P.H.W. (2006): Hidden leks in the Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus? - Investigations from the Khan Khentey reserve (Mongolia). Acrocephalus 27(128-129):21-35 [pdf]

  • Wirtz S. & Steinmann P. (2006): Sperm characteristics in perch Perca fluviatilis L. J. Fish Biol. 68:1896-1902 [pdf]

  • Heg D., Bergmüller R., Bonfils D., Otti O., Bachar Z., Burri R., Heckel G. & Taborsky M. (2006): Cichlids do not adjust reproductive skew to the availability of independent breeding options. Behav.l Ecol. 17:419-429 [pdf]

  • Van de Pol M., Bruinzeel L.W., Heg D., van der Jeugd H.P. & Verhulst S. (2006): A silver spoon for a golden future: long-term effects of natal origin on fitness prospects of oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus). J. Anim. Ecol. 75:616-626 [pdf]

  • Bender N., Heg D., Hamilton I.M., Bachar Z., Taborsky M. & Oliveira R.F. (2006): The relationship between social status, behaviour, growth and steroids in male helpers and breeders of a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Horm. Behav. 50:173-182 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2006): Ethology into a new era. Ethology 112:1-6 [pdf]

  • Awata S., Heg D., Munehara H. & Kohda M. (2006): Testis size depends on social status and the presence of male helpers in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Julidochromis ornatus. Behav. Ecol. 17:372-379 [pdf]

  • Schaedelin F.C. & Taborsky M. (2006): Mating craters of Cyathopharynx furcifer (Cichlidae) are individually specific, extended phenotypes. Anim. Behav. 72:753-761 [pdf]

  • Heg D., Heyl S., Rasa O.A.E. & Peschke K. (2006): Reproductive skew and communal breeding in the subsocial beetle Parastizopus armaticeps. Anim. Behav. 71:427-437 [pdf]

  • Taborsky B. (2006): Mothers determine offspring size in response to own juvenile growth conditions. Biol. Lett. 2:225-228 [pdf]

  • Rutte C., Taborsky M. & Brinkhof M.W.G. (2006): What sets the odds of winning and losing? Trends Ecol. Evol. 21:16-21 [pdf]

  • Taborsky M. (2006): Of gulls, geese and two men. (Book review) Trends Ecol. Evol. 21:119-120 [pdf]

  • Taborsky B. (2006): The influence of juvenile and adult environments on life-history trajectories. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 273:741-750 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M., Haesler M.P. & Taborsky M. (2006): Predators, reproductive parasites, and the persistence of poor males on leks. Behav. Ecol. 17:97-107 [pdf]

  • Heg D. (2006): Monogamy pays. Experimental liaisons and threesomes. In: Seeking Nature's Limits: Ecologists in the Field (Ed. Drent R.) KNNV Publishing, Utrecht. [pdf, References: pdf]

Publications 2005

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Farina W.M., Grüter C. & Diaz P.C. (2005): Social learning of floral odours inside the honeybee hive. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 272:1923-1928 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M. & Taborsky M. (2005): Contingent movement and cooperation evolve under generalized reciprocity. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 272:2259-2267 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M., Heg, D. & Bender, N. (2005): Size differences within a dominance hierarchy influence conflict and help in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Behaviour 142:1591-1613 [pdf]

  • Komdeur J. & Heg D. (2005): Cooperation and conflict over investment strategies in animals. Behaviour 142:1433-1447 [pdf]

  • Dierkes P., Heg D., Taborsky M., Skubic E., & Achmann R. (2005): Genetic relatedness in groups is sex-specific and declines with age of helpers in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Ecol. Lett. 8:968-975 [pdf]

  • Heg D., Bachar Z. & Taborsky M. (2005): Cooperative breeding and group structure in the Lake Tanganyika cichlid Neolamprologus savoryi. Ethology 111:1017-1043 [pdf]

  • Stiver K.A., Dierkes P., Taborsky M., Gibbs H.L. & Balshine S. (2005): Relatedness and helping in fish: examining the theoretical predictions. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 272:1593-1599 [pdf, Appendix: pdf]

  • Schütz D. & Taborsky M. (2005): The influence of sexual selection and ecological constraints on an extreme sexual size dimorphism in a cichlid. Anim. Behav. 70:539-549 [pdf]

  • Pfeiffer T., Rutte C., Killingback T., Taborsky M., & Bonhoeffer S. (2005): Evolution of cooperation by generalized reciprocity. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 272:1115-1120 [pdf]

  • Brouwer L., Heg D. & Taborsky M. (2005): Experimental evidence for helper effects in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Behav. Ecol. 16:667-673 [pdf]

  • Peer K. & Taborsky M. (2005): Outbreeding depression, but no inbreeding depression in haplodiploid ambrosia beetles with regular sibling mating. Evolution 59:317-323 [pdf]

  • Heg D., Brouwer L., Bachar Z. & Taborsky M. (2005): Large group size yields group stability in the cooperatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher. Behaviour 142:1615-1641 [pdf]

  • Bergmüller R., Heg D. Peer K. & Taborsky M. (2005): Extended safe havens and between-group dispersal of helpers in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Behaviour 142:1643-1667 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M. & Taborsky M. (2005): Unrelated helpers will not fully compensate for costs imposed on breeders when they pay to stay. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 272:445-454 [pdf, Appendix: pdf]

  • Bergmüller R., Heg D. & Taborsky M. (2005): Helpers in a cooperatively breeding cichlid stay and pay or disperse and breed, depending on ecological constraints. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 272:325-331 [pdf]

  • Bergmüller R. & Taborsky M. (2005): Experimental manipulation of helping in a cooperative breeder: helpers 'pay to stay' by pre-emptive appeasement. Anim. Behav. 69:19-28 [pdf]

  • Haesler M.P., & Seehausen O. (2005): Inheritance of female mating preference in a sympatric sibling species pair of Lake Victoria cichlids: implications for speciation. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 272:237-245 [pdf]

  • Schürch R. & Taborsky B. (2005): The functional significance of buccal feeding in the mouthbrooding cichlid Tropheus moorii . Behaviour 142:265-281 [pdf]

  • Grüter C. & Taborsky B. (2005): Sex ratio and the sexual conflict about brood care in a biparental mouthbrooder. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 58:44-52 [pdf]

  • Schütz D. & Taborsky M. (2005): Mate choice and sexual conflict in the size dimorphic water spider, Argyroneta aquatica (Araneae: Argyronetidae). J. Arachnology 33:767-775 [pdf]

Publications 2004

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Stiver K.A., Dierkes P., Taborsky M. & Balshine, S. (2004): Dispersal patterns and status change in a co-operatively breeding cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher: evidence from microsatellite analyses and behavioural observations. J. Fish Biol. 65:91-105 [pdf]

  • Dubois F., Giraldeau L.A., Hamilton I.M., Grant J.W.A. & Lefebvre L. (2004): Distraction sneakers decrease the expected level of aggression within groups: A game-theoretic model. Am. Nat. 164:E32-E45 [pdf]

  • Grüter C. & Taborsky B. (2004): Mouthbrooding and biparental care: an unexpected combination, but male broodcare pays. Anim. Behav. 68:1283-1289 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M. (2004): A commitment model of reproductive inhibition in cooperatively breeding groups. Behav. Ecol. 15:585-591 [pdf]

  • Hamilton, I.M. (2004): Distance to neighbours influences the trade-off between hiding after disturbance and defending food patches in convict cichlids (Archocentrus nigrofasciatus). Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 56:530-538 [pdf]

  • Heg D. & Rasa O.A.E. (2004): Effects of parental body condition and size on reproductive success in a tenebrionid beetle with biparental care. Ecol. Entomol. 29:410-419 [pdf]

  • Heg D., Bender N. & Hamilton I. (2004): Strategic growth decisions in helper cichlids. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 271:5505-5508 [pdf, supplement: pdf]

  • Heg D., Bachar Z., Brouwer L. & Taborsky M. (2004): Predation risk is an ecological constraint for helper dispersal in a cooperatively breeding cichlid. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 271:2367-2374 [pdf]

  • Hirschenhauser K., Taborsky M., Oliveira T., Canario A.V.M. & Oliveira R. F. (2004): A test of the 'challenge hypothesis' in cichlid fish: simulated partner and territory intruder experiments. Anim. Behav. 68:741-750 [pdf]

  • Peer K. & Taborsky M. (2004): Female ambrosia beetles adjust their offspring sex ratio according to outbreeding opportunities for their sons. J. Evol. Biol. 17:257-264 [pdf]

  • Rasa O.A.E. & Heg D. (2004): Individual variation and prior experience affect the discrimination of a brood-parasite by its subsocial beetle host. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 57:155-163 [pdf]

  • Saether B.-E. et al. (2004). Life-history variation predicts the effects of demographic stochasticity on avian population dynamics. Am. Nat. 164:793-802 [pdf]

  • Sato T., Hirose M., Taborsky M. & Kimura S. (2004): Size-dependent male alternative reproductive tactics in the shell-brooding cichlid fish Lamprologus callipterus in Lake Tanganyika. Ethology 110:49-62 [pdf]

  • Skjelseth S., Moksnes A., Roskaft E., Gibbs H.L., Taborsky M., Taborsky B., Honza M. & Kleven, O. (2004): Parentage and host in the common cockoo Cuculus canorus. J. Avian Biol. 35:21-24 [pdf]

  • Skubic E., Taborsky M. , McNamara J.M. & Houston A.I. (2004): When to parasitize? A dynamic optimization model of reproductive strategies in a cooperative breeder. J. Theor. Biol. 227:487-501 [pdf]

  • Taborsky B. & Foerster K. (2004): Female mouthbrooders adjust incubation duration to perceived risk of predation. Anim. Behav. 68:1275-1281 [pdf]

  • Tebbich S., Taborsky M., Fessl B., Dvorak M. & Winkler H. (2004): Feeding behavior of four arboreal Darwin's finches: Adaptations to spatial and seasonal variability. Condor 106:95-105 [pdf]

  • Vogl W., Taborsky B., Taborsky M., Teuschl, Y. & Honza M. (2004): Habitat and space use of European cuckoo females during the egg laying period. Behaviour 141:881-898 [pdf]

Publications 2003

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Honza M., Taborsky B., Taborsky M., Teuschl Y., Vogl W., Moksnes A. & Roskaft E. (2003): Behaviour of female common cuckoos, Cuculus canorus, in the vicinity of host nests before and during egg laying: a radiotelemetry study. Anim. Behav. 65:1057-1057 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M. & Dill L.M.(2003): The use of territorial gardening versus kleptoparasitism by a subtropical reef fish (Kyphosus cornelii) is influenced by territory defendability. Behav. Ecol. 14:561-568 [pdf]

  • Hamilton I.M. & Dill L.M. (2003): Group foraging by a kleptoparasitic fish: a strong inference test of social foraging models. Ecology 84:3349-3359. [pdf]

  • Oliveira, R.F., Hirschenhauser, K., Canario, A.V.M. & Taborsky, M. (2003): Androgen levels of reproductive competitors in a co-operatively breeding cichlid. J. Fish Biol. 63:1615-1620 [pdf]

  • Heg, D., Bruinzeel, L.W. & Ens, B.J. (2003): Fitness consequences of divorce in the oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus. Anim. Behav. 66:175-184 [pdf]

  • Schütz D., Taborsky M. (2003): Adaptations to an aquatic life may be responsible for the reversed sexual size dimorphism in the water spider, Argyroneta aquatica. Evol. Ecol. Res. 5:105-117 [pdf]

  • Taborsky, B., Dieckmann, U. & Heino, M. (2003): Unexpected discontinuities in life-history evolution under size-dependent mortality. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B 270:713-721 [pdf]

Publications 2002

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Candolin U. & Reynolds J.D. (2002): Why do males tolerate sneakers? Tests with the European bitterling, Rhodeus sericeus. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 51:146-152 [pdf]

  • Honza M., Taborsky B., Taborsky M., Teuschl Y., Vogl W., Moksnes A. & Roskaft E. (2002): Behaviour of female common cuckoos, Cuculus canorus, in the vicinity of host nests before and during egg laying: a radiotelemetry study. Anim. Behav. 64:861-868 [pdf]

  • Vogl W., Taborsky M., Taborsky B., Teuschl Y. & Honza M. (2002): Cuckoo females preferentially use specific habitats when searching for host nests. Anim. Behav. 64:843-850 [pdf]

  • Tebbich S., Taborsky M., Fessl B. & Dvorak M. (2002): The ecology of tool-use in the woodpecker finch (Cactospiza callida): Ecol. Lett. 5:656-664 [pdf]

  • Schöfl G. & Taborsky M. (2002): Prolonged tandem formation in fire bugs (Pyrrhocoris apterus) serves mate guarding, Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 52:426-433 [pdf]

Publications 2001

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Tebbich S., Taborsky M., Fessel B. & Blomqvist D. (2001): Do woodpecker finches acquire tool-use by social learning? Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 268:2189-2193 [pdf]

  • Candolin U. & Reynolds J.D. (2001): Sexual signaling in the European bitterling: females learn the truth by direct inspection of the resource. Behav. Ecol. 12:407-411 [pdf]

  • Danchin E., Heg D. & Doligez B. (2001): Public information and breeding habitat selection. In: Dispersal (Eds. Clobert J., Danchin E., Dhondt A.A. & Nichols J.D.) Oxford University Press pp. 243-258 [E-Mail]

  • Huber, L., Rechberger, S. & Taborsky, M. (2001): Social learning affects object exploration and manipulation in keas, Nestor notabilis. Anim. Behav. 62:945-954 [pdf]

  • Taborsky, M. (2001): The evolution of bourgeois, parasitic and cooperative reproductive behaviors in fishes. J. Hered. 92:100-110 [pdf]

  • Balshine S., Leach B., Neat F., Reid H.,Taborsky M. & Werner, N. (2001): Correlates of group size in a cooperatively breeding cichlid Fish. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 50:134-140 [pdf]

  • Taborsky, B. (2001): Die Tricks des Parasiten? Wie der Kuckuck seine Wirtsvögel überlistet. Ornis 1:9-13 [E-Mail]

Publications 2000

of the Behavioural Ecology Division

  • Alonzo S.H., Taborsky M. & Wirtz P. (2000): Male alternative reproductive behaviours in a Mediterranean wrasse, Symphodus ocellatus: Evidence from otoliths for muliple life-history pathways. Evol. Ecol. Res. 2:997-1007 [pdf]

  • Schütz D. & Taborsky M. (2000): Giant males or dwarf females: what determines the extreme sexual size dimorphism in Lamprologus callipterus? J. Fish Biol. 57:1254-1265 [pdf]