Uganda kob (Adenota kob thomast): Territoriality and the Spatial Distributions of Sexual and Agonistic Behaviors at a Territorial Ground4


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    Acknowledgements: This study was undertaken during a field course in animal behavior supported by The Rockefeller University and by NIH Training Grant GM 01789 to The Rockefeller University. We are grateful to S. Green, P. Marler and T. Struhsaker for valuable assistance throughout this work. We also thank the following persons and institutions for support and assistance in various aspects of the study: C. Arnold, Chief Warden Bwami of Ruwenzori National Park, H. Buechner, K. Modha, K. Ralls, R. Wheater, R. H. Wiley, the Nuffield Unit of Tropical Animal Ecology, and the Smithsonian Institution.

O. R. Floody, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. 17837, U.S.A

A. P. Arnold, The Rockefeller University, New York, N. Y. 10021, U.S.A.


Possible functions of territorial behavior were evaluated on the basis of observations of agonistic and reproductive activities of Uganda kob at a “territorial ground” (TG) in southwestern Uganda. We have found that male residents of a TG tend to occupy exclusive areas, and that agonistic interactions are concentrated along the boundaries separating adjacent occupied areas. Thus, we conclude that male kob do engage in the active defense of spatially exclusive territories at a TG.