Thompson, F.J.; Cant, M.A.

Fitness costs and benefits of intergroup interactions in banded mongooses in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, 2000-2019

This is a dataset on mortality costs and reproductive success from intergroup conflict in banded mongooses, collected from a wild population of banded mongooses on the Mweya Peninsula, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda between 2000-2019. We observed naturally occurring, aggressive interactions between social groups and recorded data on individual mortality occurring during and as a result of fighting. We used long term observations of reproductive events to determine individual reproductive success, measured as the total number of offspring assigned to each individual over the lifetime, and the number of offspring born to each individual from extra-group mating. We recorded data on oestrus events in social groups to determine when focal and rival groups were in oestrus simultaneously, and whether they were involved in an intergroup interaction with each other. These data were collected to examine the fitness costs and benefits of intergroup conflict.

Publication date: 2021-10-07

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Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Thompson, F.J.; Cant, M.A. (2021). Fitness costs and benefits of intergroup interactions in banded mongooses in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, 2000-2019. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/a1f3d7e5-934f-4b12-ba7c-c372ce9df2c6

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2000-01-01    to    2019-12-31

Provenance & quality

Intergroup interactions were recorded ad libitum during group observations between 2000 and 2019. We recorded the identities of the interacting groups, the identities of individuals that were killed during or as a result of the intergroup interaction, and their sex. We calculated the rate of mortality from intergroup conflict for males and females. We observed group reproductive events and determined the number of offspring that each individual in our population had over the course of their lifetime. We also determined how many of each individual’s offspring was a result of extra group mating. We recorded the number of intergroup interactions each individual was involved in over their lifetime. We observed group oestrus events and determined for each focal and rival group pair that were involved in an intergroup interaction the number of days they were in each of four oestrus states: focal group in oestrus, rival group in oestrus; focal group in oestrus, rival group not in oestrus; focal group not in oestrus, rival group in oestrus; focal group not in oestrus, rival group not in oestrus. We also determined the number of intergroup interactions each rival and focal group pair were involved in during each oestrus state.

Correspondence/contact details

Thompson, F.J.
University of Exeter
UNITED KINGDOM
 F.J.Thompson@exeter.ac.uk

Authors

Thompson, F.J.
University of Exeter
Cant, M.A.
University of Exeter

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
University of Exeter
 F.J.Thompson@exeter.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
aggression,  banded mongooses,  behavioural ecology,  collective violence,  Intergroup conflict,  Mweya Peninsula,  social evolution,  Uganda
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
08 October 2021 09:43