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agonisticagonistisch (ger.)

  • Designating animal behaviour associated with (actual or potential) hostility or confrontation between individuals; of or relating to such behaviour. (OED 2012)

    Agonistic behavior (patterns associated with conflict) A. Fighting and predation […] B. Defense and escape reations [...] C. Attitudes of dominance […] D. Attitudes of subordination […] E. Miscellaneous[:] Hair raising

    Scott, J.P. (1950). The social behavior of dogs and wolves: an illustration of sociobiological systematics. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 51, 1009-1021: 1014.


    When fighting behavior is analyzed, it is found to be one of several patterns of behavior [...]. Other common and closely related patterns are escape behavior, defensive behavior, and passivity [...]. It is with this general group of behavioral adjustments, which may be given the name ‘agonistic behavior’, that this paper is concerned.

    Scott, J.P. & Fredericson, E. (1951). The causes of fighting in mice and rats. Physiol. Zool. 24, 273-309: 273.


    Agonsitic Behavior (social fighting & other adaptive responses to conflict with conspecifics) […] agonistic behavior contrasted with predation

    Scott, J.P. (1975). Aggression: 166.


    Das agonistische Verhalten stellt keinen eigenen Funktionskreis dar […]. Agonistisches Verhalten steht im Dienst der Durchsetzung von Umweltansprüchen in Konkurrenz zu Artgenossen und in einem direkten Bezug zu diesen

    Tembrock, G. (1982). Spezielle Verhaltensbiologie der Tiere, vol.1 Funktionskreise, Wirbellose: 114-5.