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DESIGN OF AN INTENTION SIGNAL IN THE BLUEHEAD WRASSE (THALASSOMA-BIFASCIATUM)

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The 'design' of any animal signal is affected by at least three selection pressures: (i) the type of information being conveyed (the message); (ii) the transmission properties of the medium; and (iii) the sensory and psychological properties of the receiver. We describe a field study of the bluehead wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum) and examine the 'circling' display of the male in the light of these three pressures. Analysis of videotape records of the display shows that it carries accurate in...

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10.1098/rspb.1994.0104

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Author
Journal:
PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Volume:
257
Issue:
1349
Pages:
123-128
Publication date:
1994-08-22
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EISSN:
1471-2970
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:e0512bd8-d256-4ed1-8ac0-6d65f700204f
Source identifiers:
386936
Local pid:
pubs:386936

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