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Lizards speed up visual displays in noisy motion habitats

Ord, Terry J; Peters, Richard; Clucas, Barbara; Stamps, Judy A


Extensive research over the last few decades has revealed that many acoustically communicating animals compensate for the masking effect of background noise by changing the structure of their signals. Familiar examples include birds using acoustic properties that enhance the transmission of vocalizations in noisy habitats. Here, we show that the effects of background noise on communication signals are not limited to the acoustic modality, and that visual noise from windblown vegetation has an...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2006.0263


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