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epimeleticepimeletisch (ger.)

  • A behaviour expressing care. (HWB)
    parental care et-epimeletic
    The social behavior of sheep and mice may be divided into several types, as follows: (1) allelomimetic behavior, or mutual imitation, (2) epimeletic behavior, or care and attention, (3) et-epimeletic behavior, the calling or signalling for care and attention, (4) sexual behavior and (5) fighting behavior.
    Scott, J.P. (1945). Group formation determined by social behaviour. A comparative study of two mammalian societies. Sociometry 8, 42-52: 43; cf. id. (1950). The social behavior of dogs and wolves: an illustration of sociobiological systematics. Ann. New York Acad. Sci. 51, 1009-1021: 1013.

    epimeletic Used of social behaviour patterns in animals relating to the care of other individuals; cf. etepimeletic.

    Lincoln, R., Boxshall, G. & Clark, P. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 82.