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Part XXII: The Interdependence of Living Things : Social Behaviour of Animals Index
Interdependence of Living Things : Introduction
Adélie Penguin, Antarctica
An Adélie penguin's territory is its nest. The nest is made from pebbles and stones. The photograph shows a male Adélie penguin stealing a pebble from another penguin's nest.
THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF LIVING THINGS
Lions and bees show a high level of social organization and behaviour. In both cases the members of the group are directly related to each other. Social organization of this kind gives protection to the individual members of the group.
The group also has a territory which it defends from all other groups of animals. The territory ensures enough food for everyone and steps are taken to prevent the territory becoming overcrowded e.g. bees will swarm if their number becomes too great. (Overcrowding means less food for each individual and a risk of disease.)
Finally, the group shows co-operation and division of labour, making it more efficient and successful.
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