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Learning ability is unaffected by isolation rearing in a family-living lizard

Riley, Julia L.; Küchler, Anna; Damasio, Théo; Noble, Daniel W. A.; Whiting, Martin J.


The social environment during development can affect learning; for example, raising an obligate social mammal in isolation can hinder their learning ability. However, we know little about how the social environment impacts learning in less-studied, facultatively social taxa, like family-living lizards. We reared tree skinks (Egernia striolata) in two treatments, either with a conspecific or in isolation. We used three tasks to quantify skink learning ability (motor, discrimination, and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-01-13
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-017-2435-9


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