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Experimental and molecular evidence that body size and ventral colour interact to influence male reproductive success in a lizard

Stapley, Jessica; Keogh, J Scott


This study aimed to first investigate the relationship between male ventral colour, body size and ectoparasite load, and then test, using an enclosure experiment, how body size and ventral colour influence male reproductive success in a non-territorial lizard. Individuals of the sexually dimorphic Australian skink, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii, were sampled in the field and male body size and ventral coloration were recorded. The frequency of orange and white ventral colour appeared bimodal;...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethology Ecology & Evolution


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