Sneeze to leave: African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) use variable quorum thresholds mediated by sneezes in collective decisions

Full citation: 
Walker, R.H., King, A.J., McNutt, J.W. & Jordan, N.R. (2017). Sneeze to leave: African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) use variable quorum thresholds mediated by sneezes in collective decisions. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 284, 20170347; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.034
Author/s associated with the CES: 
Neil Jordan

We demonstrated the importance of signals in collective decision-making and movement and showed for the first time that decisions to move-off were mediated by sneezes in African wild dogs; a first for any species. We showed that responses to these signals varied depending on dominant motivation, which illustrates how signals allow for negotiation (in effect, voting) that shapes decision-making in a wild, socially complex canid.

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