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Pigments versus structure: examining the mechanism of age-dependent change in a carotenoid-based colour.

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Within-population colour variation is widespread in animals, yet the determinants of variable coloration have been relatively neglected by ecologists. Age-dependent expression of conspicuous coloration is prevalent, particularly in birds. Such patterns can be generated by multiple combinations of demographic heterogeneity or within-individual change; longitudinal analyses are necessary to establish the importance of these processes. Further, although pigment-based colours are composite traits...

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10.1111/1365-2656.12008

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Journal:
The Journal of animal ecology
Volume:
82
Issue:
2
Pages:
418-428
Publication date:
2013-03-05
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EISSN:
1365-2656
ISSN:
0021-8790
URN:
uuid:87e322fb-2030-42a7-b389-a16df71a4121
Source identifiers:
365576
Local pid:
pubs:365576

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