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Data from: Damage from intraspecific combat is costly

Citation

Emberts, Zachary; Somjee, Ummat; Wiens, John J. (2021), Data from: Damage from intraspecific combat is costly, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.0rxwdbs0z

Abstract

When individuals engage in fights with conspecifics over access to resources, injuries can occur. Most theory suggests that the costs associated with these injuries should influence an individual’s decision to retreat from a fight. Thus, damage from intraspecific combat is frequently noted and quantified. However, the fitness-related costs associated with this damage are not. Quantifying the cost of fighting-related damage is important because most theory assumes that it is the cost associated with the damage (not the damage itself) that should influence an individual’s decision to retreat. Here, we quantified the cost of fighting-related injuries in the giant mesquite bug, Thasus neocalifornicus. We demonstrate that experimentally simulated fighting injuries result in metabolic costs and costs to flight performance. We also show that flight costs are more severe when the injuries are larger. Overall, our results provide empirical support for the fundamental assumption that damage acquired during intraspecific combat is costly.