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Male tawny dragons use throat patterns to recognize rivals

Osborne, Louise; Umbers, Kate; Backwell, Patricia; Keogh, J Scott

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The ability to distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar conspecifics is important for many animals, especially territorial species since it allows them to avoid unnecessary interactions with individuals that pose little threat. There are very few studies, however, that identify the proximate cues that facilitate such recognition in visual systems. Here, we show that in tawny dragons (Ctenophorus decresii), males can recognize familiar and unfamiliar conspecific males based on morphological...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/66970
Source: Naturwissenschaften
DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0968-3

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