Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution

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Our knowledge of the behavior and evolution of wolves, foxes, coyotes, and Canis familiaris-the domestic dog-was extremely limited until the publication of The Wild Canids in 1975. Edited by Dr. Michael W. Fox, one of the premier researchers in the field, the 30 scholarly studies presented in this acclaimed volume represented a major step forward in understanding these fascinating animals. It also laid out a number of areas of inquiry that stimulated further study. In the nearly 35 years since its publication, ...

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Overview

Our knowledge of the behavior and evolution of wolves, foxes, coyotes, and Canis familiaris-the domestic dog-was extremely limited until the publication of The Wild Canids in 1975. Edited by Dr. Michael W. Fox, one of the premier researchers in the field, the 30 scholarly studies presented in this acclaimed volume represented a major step forward in understanding these fascinating animals. It also laid out a number of areas of inquiry that stimulated further study. In the nearly 35 years since its publication, The Wild Canids has been a valuable resource for conservationists in protecting and re-introducing canids into the wild and in familiarizing dog trainers and behaviorists with the science of canine behavior. Today's readers now have the opportunity to delve into the original research by such pioneers in the field as Bekoff, Belyaev, Zimen and many more.

Professionals endorse The Wild Canids

One of its great merits (is) that...besides the encyclopedic knowledge compiled in it, it also contains so many indications to lines of promising research still open to us. The hope is well justified that this book will attract the attention of many biologists, ecologists, and ethologists, to a great group of mammals. Konrad Lorenz, author of On Aggression and Man Meets Dog

The Wild Canids is an excellent source for anyone who wants to know about the behavior, ecology, and conservation of these amazing animals. Much of the information is as important as it was when the book was first published. Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado; author of numerous books including The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, and Encyclopedia of AnimalBehavior

Michael Fox's The Wild Canids is a book with a very special place on my bookshelves. I got it in 1984, sent to me personally by Dr Fox. I wanted that book desperately, I couldn't get it, and I took courage to write to Dr. Fox and ask for it. He sent it to me free and with a letter of encouragement, which went right to the heart of the young biologist I was at the time. The Wild Canids: Their Systematics, Behavioral Ecology and Evolution is one of the most important scientific books written on the topic....it is a classic that should be in the libraries of all serious students of animal behavior as well as professionals. Roger Abrantes, author of Dog Language: An Encyclopedia of Canine Behavior and Evolution of Canine Social Behavior

The Wild Canids is a Dogwise Classic book. Titles selected for this series are out-of-print works that are interesting, informative, and historically significant. They are the foundation for our current knowledge and Dogwise Publishing is keeping them alive for today's dog enthusiasts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929242641
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Konrad Lorenz vii

Preface xiii

I Taxonomic and Morphological Studies 1

1 Distribution and Taxonomy of the Canidae H. J. Stains 3

2 Molecular Approaches to Taxonomic Problems in the Canidae U.S. Seal 27

3 The Chromosomes of the Canidae A. B. Chiarelli 40

4 Sexual Dimorphism and Geographical Distance as Factors of Skull Variation in the Wolf (C. Lupus) P. Jolicoeur 54

5 Morphological and Ecological Variation among Gray Wolves (C. lupus) of Ontario, Canada G. Kolenosky R. O. Standfield 62

6 Relationships of North American Canis Shown by a Multiple Character Analysis of Selected Populations B. Lawrence W. H. Bossert 73

7 The Origin of Dingo: An Enigma N.W.G. Macintosh 87

II Behavioral Ecology 107

8 Ecology and Behavior of the Dhole or Indian Wild Dog Cuon alpinus (Pallas) E.R.C. Davidar 109

9 Social Behavior and Ecology of African Canidae: A Review M. Bekoff 120

10 Ecology of the Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) in North America: A Review D. L. Chesemore 143

11 Ecology of the Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus): A Review G. Trapp D. L. Hallberg 164

12 Ecology of the Pampus Gray Fox and the Large Fox (Culpeo) J. A. Crespo 179

13 Ecology and Evolution in the South American Canids A. Langguth 192

14 The Red Fox in Britain H. G. Lloyd 207

15 Ecology of the Red Fox in America E. D. Ables 216

16 Dispersal and Social Contact Among Red Foxes: Results from Telemetry and Computer Simulation G. L. Storm G. G. Montgomery 237

17 Ecology and Social Behavior of the Coyote H. T. Gier 247

18 Status of the Red Wolf in the United States G. Riley R. McBride J. H. Shaw 263

19 Ecology of the Wolf in North Americag D. H. Pimlott 280

20 The EskimoHunter's View of Wolf Ecology and Behavior R. Stephenson B. Ahgook 286

21 Wolf Ecology in Northern Europe E. Pulliainen 292

III Social Behavior 301

22 A Longitudinal Field Study of the Behavior of a Pair of Golden Jackals I. Golani A. Keller 303

23 Social Dynamics of the Wolf pack E. Zimen 336

24 Hunting Behavior in Two Similar Species of Social Canids L. D. Mech 363

25 Dingo Society and its Maintenance: A Preliminary Analysis L. Corbett A. Newsome 369

26 The Ecology of Feral and Free Roving Dogs in Baltimore A. M. Beck 380

27 Ecology of a Feral Dog Pack on a Wildlife Refuge W. H. Nesbitt 391

IV Genetics and Physiology 397

28 Genetics of Behavior Variations in Color phases of the Red Fox C. Keller R. D. Guthrie 399

29 Some Genetic and Endocrine Effects of Selection for Domestication in Silver Foxes D. K. Belyaev L. N. Trut 416

V Behavioral Evolution 427

30 Evolution of Social Behavior in Canids M. W. Fox 429

Editor's Conclusions 460

References 461

Author Index 497

Subject Index 505

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