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Data for "Nonkin cooperation in bats"

dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, Gerald S.
dc.contributor.authorBohn, Kirsten
dc.contributor.authorAdams, Danielle
dc.descriptionThis submission contains banding and recapture records of greater spear-nosed bats from 1990-2015 in a series of caves in Trinidad, West Indies. The submission also contains observations of babysitting events collected in 2001. These data are used in analyses that are reported in "Nonkin cooperation in bats" which is published in the Philosophical Transacations of the Royal Society, B.en_US
dc.description.abstractMany bats are extremely social. In some cases, individuals remain together for years or even decades and engage in mutually beneficial behaviors among non-related individuals. Here we summarize ways in which unrelated bats cooperate while roosting, foraging, feeding or caring for offspring. For each situation, we ask if cooperation involves an investment, and if so, what mechanisms might ensure a return. While some cooperative outcomes are likely a byproduct of selfish behavior as they are in many other vertebrates, we explain how cooperative investments can occur in several situations and are particularly evident in food sharing among common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) and alloparental care by greater spear-nosed bats (Phyllostomus hastatus). Fieldwork and experiments on vampire bats indicate that sharing blood with non-kin expands the number of possible donors beyond kin and promotes reciprocal help by strengthening long-term social bonds. Similarly, more than 25 years of recapture data and field observations of greater spear-nosed bats reveal multiple cooperative investments occurring within stable groups of non-kin. These studies illustrate how bats can serve as models for understanding how cooperation is regulated in social vertebrates.en_US
dc.subjectPhyllostomus hastatus, greater spear-nosed bats, banding records, babysittingen_US
dc.titleData for "Nonkin cooperation in bats"en_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtCollege of Computer, Mathematical & Physical Sciencesen_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_us
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)en_us

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