n. in animal behavior, an association between two or more individuals that allows them collectively to control resources that one individual could not control alone. Two male primates of lower rank may act together to control resources that normally only the alpha male would control. A group of male lions (often related) will form an to take over a pride of females from another male.

ALLIANCE: "Living creatures in the animal kingdom often form alliances against common predators."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ALLIANCE," in, April 7, 2013, (accessed August 9, 2022).


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