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Seeing red: pteridine-based colour and male quality in a dragon lizard

Merkling, Thomas; Chandrasoma, Dani; Rankin, Katrina J; Whiting, Martin J.


The animal kingdom is represented by a spectacular diversity of colourful species. However, for particular groups, such as lizards, we still know little about the nature of these colours and what they might signal about individual quality. In eastern water dragons (Intellagama lesueurii), males are larger than females and have a red venter. We first identified the pigments responsible for the red coloration. We then used visual modelling to determine how conspicuous red colouration is to a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly074


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