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Flat lizard female mimics use sexual deception in visual but not chemical signals

Whiting, Martin; Webb, Jonathon; Keogh, J Scott

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Understanding what constrains signalling and maintains signal honesty is a central theme in animal communication. Clear cases of dishonest signalling, and the conditions under which they are used, represent an important avenue for improved understanding of animal communication systems. Female mimicry, when certain males take on the appearance of females, is most commonly a male alternative reproductive tactic that is condition-dependent. A number of adaptive explanations for female mimicry have...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/58800
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1822

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