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Testing the quality of a carrier: a field experiment on lizard signalers.

Abstract:

In the Australian painted dragon lizard (Ctenophorus pictus), males occur in two different morphs with respect to gular color, with or without a yellow bib. Males without a bib lost within-clutch paternity significantly more often to rivals than bibbed males. Thus, it appears that bibs identify some phenotypic advantage linked to competitive ability. To test whether this could be related to whole-organism capacity to withstand an increased workload (due to better health and vigor, or evolved ...

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Journal:
Evolution; international journal of organic evolution More from this journal
Volume:
63
Issue:
3
Pages:
695-701
Publication date:
2009-03-01
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EISSN:
1558-5646
ISSN:
0014-3820
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
pubs:209966
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uuid:ac715bcb-86da-4f6f-9f62-63da59aa4f68
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Source identifiers:
209966
Deposit date:
2012-12-19

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