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Info about meerkats

I am in an animal behavior class in a local university and we were given the assignment to do a research paper on an animal and certain behaviors they show. I was thinking of doing a study on meerkats and their altruistic behavior.

I would also like to know what you all think about this. Are meerkats eusocial? I think they may be but a lot of articles I have read disagree with me. What do you all think?

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I do not agree that meerkats are eusocial.

Other female meerkats may produce young but these are usually killed by the alpha pair - whereas eusocial animals never produce offspring.

Most eusocial animals are insects with (I believe) the sole exception of Mole Rats, among mammals?

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Joined: Feb 17 2006

From what I have read about meerkats, I'd say that they are eusocial.

Sorry, I don't know any websites with detailed information on meerkat behaviour.

Chance2008 (not verified)
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 I meant to ask if anyone knew where I could get some good information.


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