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The adaptive significance of ontogenetic colour change in a tropical python

Wilson, David; Heinsohn, Robert; Endler, John A


Ontogenetic colour change is typically associated with changes in size, vulnerability or habitat, but assessment of its functional significance requires quantification of the colour signals from the receivers' perspective. The tropical python, Morelia viridis, is an ideal species to establish the functional significance of ontogenetic colour change. Neonates hatch either yellow or red and both the morphs change to green with age. Here, we show that colour change from red or yellow to green...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2006.0574


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