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Bright turquoise as an intraspecific signal in the chameleon grasshopper (Kosciuscola tristis)

Umbers, Kate; Tatarnic, Nikolai J.; Holwell, Gregory I.; Herberstein, Marie


Bright colours often communicate important information between conspecifics. In sexually dichromatic species where males exhibit bright colours, two hypotheses are often invoked to explain the function of the colour. First, if a male's bright colour contains information about his quality, females may prefer brighter males. Equally, male colour may reliably provide other males with information about fighting ability or resource holding potential. In such circumstances, brighter males may win...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-012-1464-7


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