Cooperation and competition within coalitions of male lions: kin selection or game theory?

Craig Packer, Anne E. Pusey

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Abstract

Male lions form cooperative coalitions which compete against other coalitions for exclusive access to female groups1,2. This cooperation and the apparently low level of intra-coalition competition over oestrous females, have been considered to be due to the close genetic relatedness of the males in the coalition1-4. However, we now present evidence that breeding coalitions of male lions include non-relatives much more commonly than was generally supposed, that intra-coalition competition over females is widespread and that kinship is not the primary factor determining levels of competition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)740-742
Number of pages3
JournalNature
Volume296
Issue number5859
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

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