Assessing the repeatability, robustness to disturbance, and parent‐offspring colony resemblance of collective behavior
Fisher, David et al. (2019), Assessing the repeatability, robustness to disturbance, and parent‐offspring colony resemblance of collective behavior, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.fn2z34tq4
For full data collection and analysis methods, please see the associated paper. But in brief:
We located 45 colonies of social spiders (Anelosimus eximius) in Ecuador, and repeatedly assayed them for behaviour. We then removed some spiders from 2/3 of them (the "disturbance"), and tested those subsets in a laboratory. We then returned 15 subsets back to their original colony, and the other 15 were placed into vegetation within 5-10m of the original colony ("bud" colonies). We then assayed both the original colonies and the newly founded colonies repeatedly.
To analyse it we used multivariate mixed effect models in the R package "MCMglmm" to determine the among colony covariance in foraging aggression between pre- and post-disturbance assays, and if this differed between colonies that had individuals removed, individuals removed and then returned, and colonies that were not disturbed. We also related pre-disturbance assays to tests in the laboratory and to the assays on the bud colonies.
See ReadMe file ("Herit & robust to disturb ReadMe.docx") and R code file ("Herit & robust to disturb R code.R") for how to use the dataset