Journal of Ethology

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Editor's Choice Award 2017

On behalf of the editors of the Journal of Ethology, I would like to congratulate the winners of the Editor's Choice Award 2017 (1 article) and the Editor's Choice 2017 (5 articles).

The Editor's Choice Award and the Editor's Choice are open to all articles published in the Journal of Ethology. Selected members of the editorial committee decide on the Editor's Choice (6-10 articles) in the volume for the year, and the first place among them receives the special award. All winning articles are given open access through the courtesy of the Japan Ethological Society (valued at Euro 2,200 per article). Unrestricted online access allows high exposure and visibility for the articles.

I hope you will consider submitting your next paper to the Journal of Ethology. I look forward to receiving your valuable work.

Kensuke Nakata
Editor-in-Chief

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Editor's Choice Award 2017 Article - Enjoy Free Reading!

Editor's Choice 2017 Articles - Enjoy Free Reading!


Editor's Choice Award 2016

On behalf of the editors of the Journal of Ethology, I would like to congratulate the winners of the Editor's Choice Award 2016 (1 article) and the Editor's Choice 2016 (5 articles). On 12 November 2016, the Award winner accepted his award with certificate at a special ceremony at the 35th annual meeting of the Japan Ethological Society in Niigata, Japan.

The winner of the Editor's Choice Award 2016, Dr. Toshitaka N. Suzuki (left) with the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Yukio Yasui (right), at the award ceremony at Niigata University on 12 November 2016.

The Editor's Choice Award and the Editor's Choice are open to all articles published in the Journal of Ethology. Selected members of the editorial committee decide on the Editor's Choice (6-10 articles) in the volume for the year, and the first place among them receives the special award. All winning articles are given open access through the courtesy of the Japan Ethological Society (valued at Euro 2,200 per article). Unrestricted online access allows high exposure and visibility for the articles.

I hope you will consider submitting your next paper to the Journal of Ethology. I look forward to receiving your valuable work.

Yukio Yasui
Editor-in-Chief

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Editor's Choice Award 2016 Article - Enjoy Free Reading!

Editor's Choice 2016 Articles - Enjoy Free Reading!


Butterflies: Agonistic display or courtship behavior?

A review of contests over mating opportunity in butterflies provides surprising results.

2016.9.5

Journal of Ethology (Chief editor: Yukio Yasui) proudly presents an invited review on butterfly contest behavior by Tsuyoshi Takeuchi. This article is given open access through the courtesy of the Japan Ethological Society.

Two males of Chrysozephyrus smaragdinus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in “air combat” |© Tsuyoshi Takeuchi

A study shows that contests of butterflies occur only as erroneous courtships between sexually active males that are unable to distinguish the sex of the other butterflies. These findings by Tsuyoshi Takeuchi from Osaka Prefecture University in Japan were highlighted in a review article in Journal of Ethology, the official journal of the Japan Ethological Society, published by Springer.

Males of various butterfly species compete over mating territory via prolonged aerial interactions. Their contest behavior has previously been explained by the “war of attrition” model in the context of game theory, where two contestants perform costly displays until one of them reaches its limit, or cost threshold, and gives up. However, butterflies lack weapons or any obvious means to attack their opponent and thus it is difficult to explain why they perform aerial displays that impose costs not on their opponent but on themselves.

Takeuchi and his collaborators found in their previous study that there is no evidence that males of territorial butterflies can discriminate the sex of flying conspecifics. Considering the inability to distinguish the sex of their opponents, the male aerial interactions of territorial butterflies should be viewed as prolonged courtship behavior between males chasing each other. They wrongly assume that their opponent is a receptive female and they are not being accepted.

This framework provides a prediction that a contest should occur only between flying males and not between sitting males. Takeuchi reviewed past research on competition over mating opportunity in butterflies. He found that it supported the erroneous courtship theory as expected, revealing that “air combats” take place over mating territory between flying males but contests do not occur when males are sitting around a female or a female pupa.

Assumptions based on human senses can sometimes be misleading in our understanding of animals. Based on observational and experimental results, the author provides controversial but an important framework to understand butterfly behavior. The applicability of this logic to other taxa remains to be investigated.

Reference:

Takeuchi, T. (2016). Agonistic display or courtship behavior? A review of contests over mating opportunity in butterflies, Journal of Ethology. DOI 10.1007/s10164-016-0487-3

Takeuchi, T. Yabuta, S. Tsubaki, Y. (2016).The erroneous courtship hypothesis: do insects really engage in aerial wars of attrition, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118:970-981


Dr. Tsuyoshi Takeuchi (Osaka Prefecture University)

Editor's Choice Award 2015

On behalf of the editors of the Journal of Ethology, I would like to congratulate the winners of the Editor's Choice Award 2015 (1 article) and the Editor's Choice 2015 (5 articles). On 21 November 2015, the winners (two coauthors) accepted their awards with certificates at a special ceremony at the 34th annual meeting of the Japan Ethological Society in Tokyo, Japan.

The winners of the Editor's Choice Award 2015, Dr. Nozomi Nishiumi (left) and Dr. Akira Mori (right) with the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Yukio Yasui (center), at the award ceremony at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology on 21 November 2015.

The Editor's Choice Award and the Editor's Choice are open to all articles published in the Journal of Ethology. Selected members of the editorial committee decide on the Editor's Choice (6-10 articles) in the volume for the year, and the first place among them receives the special award. All winning articles are given open access through the courtesy of the Japan Ethological Society (valued at Euro 2,200 per article). Unrestricted online access allows high exposure and visibility for the articles.

I hope you will consider submitting your next paper to the Journal of Ethology. I look forward to receiving your valuable work.

Yukio Yasui
Editor-in-Chief

Join the Japan Ethological Society!

Learn about the membership benefits here.

Editor's Choice Award 2015 Article - Enjoy Free Reading!

Editor's Choice 2015 Articles - Enjoy Free Reading!


Editor's Choice Award 2014

On behalf of the editors of the Journal of Ethology, I would like to congratulate the winners of the Editor's Choice Award 2014 (1 article) and the Editor's Choice 2014 (5 articles). On 2 November 2014, the winners (two of the three coauthors) accepted their awards with certificates at a special ceremony at the 33rd annual meeting of the Japan Ethological Society in Nagasaki, Japan.

The winners of the Editor's Choice Award 2014, Mr. Daisuke Hyodo (left) and Dr. Chihiro Himuro (right) with the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Yukio Yasui (center), at the award ceremony at Nagasaki University on 2 November 2014. The 3rd winner, Dr. Kenji Fujisaki, was unable to attend the ceremony.

The Editor's Choice Award and the Editor's Choice are open to all articles published in the Journal of Ethology. Selected members of the editorial committee decide on the Editor's Choice (6-10 articles) in the volume for the year, and the first place among them receives the special award. All winning articles are given open access through the courtesy of the Japan Ethological Society (valued at Euro 2,200 per article). Unrestricted online access allows high exposure and visibility for the articles

I hope you will consider submitting your next paper to the Journal of Ethology. I look forward to receiving your valuable work.

Yukio Yasui
Editor-in-Chief

Join the Japan Ethological Society!

Learn about the membership benefits here.

Editor's Choice Award 2014 Article - Enjoy Free Reading!

Editor's Choice 2014 Articles - Enjoy Free Reading!

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Chief Editor Kensuke NAKATA
Kyoto Women's University
Imakumano Kitahiyoshicho 35, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 605-8501, Japan
e-mail: nakatakekyoto-wu.ac.jp