Dear enemy recognition
In ethology
Ethology is the scientific study of animal behavior, and a sub-topic of zoology....

, dear enemy recognition is a situation in which a territorial animal
Territory (animal)
In ethology the term territory refers to any sociographical area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against conspecifics...

responds more strongly to strangers than to its neighbors from adjacent territories. This phenomenon may be generally advantageous to an animal because it minimizes time and energy spent on territorial defense, and reduces the risk of injury during territorial encounters.
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