Author supported by personal grant SE 356/1 from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
On the Social Organisation, Alarm and Fighting in the Primitive Cockroach Cryptocercus punctulatus Scudder
Version of Record online: 26 APR 2010
1983 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 61, Issue 4, pages 315–333, January-December 1983
How to Cite
SEELINGER, G. and SEELINGER, U. (1983), On the Social Organisation, Alarm and Fighting in the Primitive Cockroach Cryptocercus punctulatus Scudder. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 61: 315–333. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1983.tb01347.x
- Issue online: 26 APR 2010
- Version of Record online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: February 11, 1982 Accepted: April 30, 1982
The wood-feeding cockroach Cryptocercus is usually believed to live in aggregations. Field observations, however, gave evidence for the existence of distinct family groups living in different gallery systems. This study investigates intraspecific behavioural interactions with respect to the social structure. The interactions among family members were observed in artificial burrows in the laboratory. Individuals from different families were brought together experimentally and the resulting alarm and fighting behaviour was studied. The importance of Cryptocercus for the evolution of termite sociality is discussed.