Ayush Ethogram (Use Carefully)

Ayush Ethogram (Use Carefully) - A Catalog of the Behavior...

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A Catalog of the Behavior Patterns of the Eastern Gray Squirrel ( Sciurus carolinensis ) on the GSSM Campus Ayush Kumar Dr. Bill Alexander May 11, 2009 10:00 Class Introduction An ethogram is defined as a series of comprehensive descriptions on the characteristic behavior patterns of any species. Species have distinct, typical behaviors that an ethogram can
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help analyze as the behaviors are observed. The ethogram helps to study such behaviors and relate them to the context in which they occur. Specifically, ethograms concentrate on the biological roots and meanings of animal behaviors and functions. The idea of the ethogram centers around the observation and continued study of the subject animal in its’ natural environment and normal condition (Ethogram). As such, the ethogram is the starting point for any form of ethological research. With animal behavior being a vast and expansive topic, it can split into specialized categorizations known as behavioral acts, which in turn make up behavioral patterns. Going further, the catalog is the organization of animal behaviors directly observed or noted in the study. The catalog is a small piece of the full extent of animal behavior, the repertoire, which makes up all the behaviors that the animal can perform. The animal is usually observed in its natural environment with the observer keeping a distance that does not change the species’ behavior. Animal actions may be described as empirical or functional, two related but varying descriptions. Empirical descriptions employ the observation of parts of the body and the related movements that accompany them, and functional descriptions refer the animal’s behavior to consequences the action leads to, such as aggressively attacking prey or picking up food to consume. Both behavioral descriptions ultimately help to piece together a catalog that relates to the full repertoire of the animal (Principles). The ethogram is an essential tool for the understanding and further study of animal behavior. Devoted observation to individuals of an animal species can yield results that account for the varied and unique functions that animals undertake. Similar behaviors that the organism completes can depict the context of the performed actions, showing why the behavior was performed. These behaviors can in turn be interpreted in relation to the overall activities of the organism. Knowledge about an animal’s behavior patterns yields important knowledge of its
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ability to survive and its possible niche in the habitat. An ethogram can be as broad or specific as desired; behaviors can be grouped in generalizations or in specific descriptions relating the anatomy of the animal to its’ consequential function. If behavioral categories are objective and do not overlap each other in description, a reliable catalog of directly observed animal behavior results. As the ethogram develops, the behaviors of the organism noted can be related to conduct of other species, thereby allowing comparison and contrast of differing species and how they can
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