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Ultraviolet signals ultra-aggression in a lizard

Whiting, Martin; Stuart-Fox, Devi; O'Connor, David; Firths, David; Bennett, Nigel; Blomberg, Simon Phillip


Understanding the role of multiple colour signals during sexual signalling is a central theme in animal communication. We quantified the role of multiple colour signals (including ultraviolet, UV), measures of body size and testosterone levels in settling disputes between male rivals in an elaborately ornamented, African lizard, played out in a large 'tournament' in the wild. The hue and brightness (total reflectance) of the UV throat in Augrabies flat lizards, Platysaurus broadleyi, as well as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.10.018


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