Postural laterality in Iberian ibex Capra pyrenaica: Effects of age, sex and nursing suggest stress and social information

Mathieu Sarasa, Ramón C. Soriguer, Emmanuel Serrano, José Enrique Granados, Jesús M. Pérez

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    Abstract

    © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Most studies of lateralized behaviour have to date focused on active behaviour such as sensorial perception and locomotion and little is known about lateralized postures, such as lying, that can potentially magnify the effectiveness of lateralized perception and reaction. Moreover, the relative importance of factors such as sex, age and the stress associated with social status in laterality is now a subject of increasing interest. In this study, we assess the importance of sex, age and reproductive investment in females in lying laterality in the Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica). Using generalized additive models under an information-theoretic approach based on the Akaike information criterion, we analyzed lying laterality of 78 individually marked ibexes. Sex, age and nursing appeared as key factors associated, in interaction and non-linearly, with lying laterality. Beyond the benefits of studying laterality with non-linear models, our results highlight the fact that a combination of static factors such as sex, and dynamic factors such as age and stress associated with parental care, are associated with postural laterality.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)638-654
    JournalLaterality
    Volume19
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

    Keywords

    • Lateralization
    • Lying posture
    • Sexual dimorphism
    • Social status
    • Ungulate

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