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Data from: Out-group threat promotes within-group affiliation in a cooperative fish

Citation

Bruintjes, Rick; Lynton-Jenkins, Joshua; Jones, Joseph W.; Radford, Andrew N. (2015), Data from: Out-group threat promotes within-group affiliation in a cooperative fish, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3r3v3

Abstract

In social species, conflict with outsiders is predicted to affect within-group interactions, and thus influence group dynamics and the evolution and maintenance of sociality. While empirical evidence exists for a relationship between out-group conflict and intragroup behaviour in humans, experimental tests in other animals are rare. In a model fish system, we show that simulated out-group intrusions cause post-conflict increases in intragroup affiliation, but no changes in post-conflict intragroup aggression. Post-conflict affiliation was greater following intrusions by neighbouring compared to non-neighbouring individuals; neighbours represent greater threats to the dominance rank and breeding success of residents, and are visible in the aftermath of the intrusion. By providing strong evidence of a link between out-group conflict and post-conflict intragroup behaviour, and demonstrating that intragroup affiliation is affected by the nature of the out-group intrusion, our study shows the importance of considering post-conflict behaviour for our understanding of cooperation and social structure.

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