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Does social behaviour reliably reflect temperature-dependent physiological capacity in geckos?

Kondo, Junko; Downes, Sharon

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Animals with low energy budgets may attempt to deceive their opponents during contests by producing social displays that falsely indicate their physiological state. We used overnight laboratory experiments to examine the relation between physiological capacity and social behaviour in a nocturnal gecko. Velvet geckos, Oedura lesueurii, use loose surface rocks that vary considerably in temperature as diurnal retreat sites. At night males defend retreat sites and the outcomes of contests are...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/51596
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.10.030

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