Fighting and Death from Stress in a Cockroach

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Science  24 Feb 1967:
Vol. 155, Issue 3765, pp. 1035-1036
DOI: 10.1126/science.155.3765.1035


Fighting behavior, leading to the establishment of stable dominant-subordinate relationships between pairs of males, is described for the cockroach Nauphoeta cinerea. Deaths, which do not appear to be due to external damage, occur in subordinate animals as a result of fighting. The situation is likened to death from stress as found in mammals.

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