Agonistic behaviour

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Agonistic behaviour is any social behaviour related to fighting.wikipedia
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The term has broader meaning than aggressive behaviour because it includes threats, displays, retreats, placation, and conciliation.
The term agonistic behaviour is sometimes used to refer to these forms of behavior.

Mozambique tilapia

Oreochromis mossambicustilapiaMozambique
Fish such as Oreochromis mossambicus often exhibit aggressive displays, but rarely fight to the point of injury or bodily harm.
However, contrary to popular belief, Mozambique tilapias display more agonistic interactions towards fish that are farther apart in the hierarchy scale than they do towards individuals closer in rank.

Social behavior

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Agonistic behaviour is any social behaviour related to fighting.


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Agonistic behaviour is any social behaviour related to fighting.


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The term "agonistic behaviour" was first implemented by J.P Scott and Emil Fredericson in 1951 in their paper "The Causes of Fighting in Mice and Rats" in Physiological Zoology. Agonistic behaviour is seen in many animal species because resources including food, shelter, and mates are often limited.

Stalk-eyed fly

Diopsidaestalk-eyed fliesdiopsid
In aggressive behaviour by male stalk-eyed flies the males "square off" by displaying their eyes.

Gray catbird

Grey catbirdDumetella carolinensisDumetella
Male grey catbirds fluff their feathers and spread their lower tails to defend their territory when threatened by another male.

Western gorilla

Gorilla gorillagorillaTroglodytes gorilla
Male western gorillas display a wide range of both vocal and gestural communications when threatened by an opponent.

Alpha (ethology)

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A silverback (alpha male) will start hooting, throwing, chest pounding, leg kicks, and sideways running when approached by another male.


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Chlamydosaurus kingii, an Australian agamid lizard, uses its frill as a way to display size and aggression to opponents.


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Chlamydosaurus kingii, an Australian agamid lizard, uses its frill as a way to display size and aggression to opponents.

Black mamba

Dendroaspis polylepisDendroaspis polylepsiseponymous snake
Agonistic fighting for black mambas involves a wrestling match in which opponents attempt to pin each other's head repeatedly to the ground.

Animal communication

Communication between animals is often achieved by adding a succession of behaviours to a display.


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Social interactions among bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) consist of a unique set of movements or visual signals.

Shark Agonistic Displays

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Agonism is a broad term which encompasses many behaviours that result from, or are triggered by biological conflict between competing organisms.

Venomous mammal

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Venomous mammals are animals of the class Mammalia that produce venom, which they use to kill or disable prey, to defend themselves from predators or conspecifics or in agonistic encounters.

Masked booby

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Territorial when breeding, the masked booby performs agonistic displays to defend its nest.

Alpine ibex

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During the breeding season, males fight for access to females and use their long horns in agonistic behaviours.

Wolf attack

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Experts categorize wolf attacks into various types, including rabies-infected, predatory, agonistic, and defensive.

Australasian gannet

gannetMorus serratorAustralian gannet
Highly territorial when breeding, the Australasian gannet performs agonistic displays to defend its nest.

Neotrypaea californiensis

The male's larger claw is thought to be used in agonistic encounters or during mating, and may be the result of sexual selection.

Zygoballus sexpunctatus

Z. sexpunctatus
sexpunctatus'' males exhibit ritualized courtship and agonistic behavior.


Red shinerspotfin shiners
Fish of the genus produce audible sounds during courtship and conflict.


They are distinguished by horn-like structures, probably for display or agonistic behavior.