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Bottlenose Dolphins are one species that exhibit fission-fusion social structure.

Today I learned a new word to define a type of social structure many animals live in. This word is Fission-fusion society and is defined here by Wikipedia: "fission-fusion society is one in which the size and composition of the social group change as time passes and animals move throughout the environment; animals merge (fusion)—e.g., sleeping in one place—or split (fission)—e.g., foraging in small groups during the day. For species that live in fission-fusion societies, group composition is a dynamic property."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fission-fusion_society


Animals living in a Fission-fusion SocietyEdit

  1. Bottlenose Dolphins
  2. African Elephants
  3. Chimpanzees
  4. Spotted Hyena

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