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The effects of perch height, time in residence and distance from opponent on aggressive display in male lizards

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


In antagonistic encounters individuals' displays reflect both the quality of the resource under dispute and their perception of the threat posed by their rival. All else being equal, as the value or threat to contested resources increases, so should an individual's level of aggression. Using a territorial species of Australian agamid lizard, the tawny dragon (Ctenophorus decresii), we tested three hypotheses about the relationship between territory quality and aggression. In three experiments...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Acta Ethologica
DOI: 10.1007/s10211-012-0135-z


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