What is it about?
We study the dynamics of animal contests in an orb-weaving spider, where males compete for mating opportunities in the bounded arena of the female’s web. We show that physical rules of interaction, which amount to attraction and repulsion between the contestants and govern their motion, can account for the real-time dynamics of animal contests.
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Why is it important?
Our results demonstrate that physics-based classification and modeling, in terms of effective rules of interaction, provide a powerful framework for understanding animal contest behaviors.
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This page is a summary of: Spatiotemporal dynamics of animal contests arise from effective forces between contestants, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 2021, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2106269118.
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