Sociality and tattoo skin disease among bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia

Sarah Powell, Ewa Krzyszczyk, Vivienne Foroughirad, Shweta Bansal, Janet Mann, Sarah N Powell, Megan M Wallen & Madison L Miketa
Social behavior is an important driver of infection dynamics, though identifying the social interactions that foster infectious disease transmission is challenging. Here we examine how social behavior impacts disease transmission in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) using an easily identifiable skin disease and social network data. We analyzed tattoo skin disease (TSD) lesions based on photographs collected as part of a 34-year longitudinal study in relation to the sociality of T. aduncus using three metrics...
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