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Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature
TLDR
This is a scientific book that provides accurate information in an accessible way to general readers, strongly advocates for a persecuted group of animals, encourages conservation--not just of snakes but of ecosystems--and credits science for enriching the authors' lives.
The conservation status of the world's reptiles
High sensitivity to short wavelengths in a lizard and implications for understanding the evolution of visual systems in lizards
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It is demonstrated that an increase in the number of UVS photoreceptors significantly enhances a lizard's ability to discriminate conspecific male throat colours and visual systems in diurnal lizards appear to be broadly conserved, but data from additional clades are needed to confirm this.
Sex‐Based Differences and Similarities in Locomotor Performance, Thermal Preferences, and Escape Behaviour in the Lizard Platysaurus intermedius wilhelmi
TLDR
When approached in the field, adult male lizards took refuge significantly earlier than did adult females and also fled over shorter distances, suggesting that females rely on crypsis as an escape strategy.
Animals traded for traditional medicine at the faraday market in South Africa: species diversity and conservation implications
TLDR
Overall, species diversity in the Faraday market was moderately high and highest for mammals and birds, respectively, and evenness values indicated that relatively few species were dominant.
An Integrative Framework for the Appraisal of Coloration in Nature
TLDR
The key perceptual principles, namely, retinal photoreception, sensory channels, opponent processing, color constancy, and receptor noise, are discussed, to inform an analytical framework driven by the research question in relation to identifiable viewers and visual tasks of interest.
Camouflage and colour change: antipredator responses to bird and snake predators across multiple populations in a dwarf chameleon
TLDR
D dwarf chameleons showed different behavioural responses, including colour change, towards multiple predators that detect and capture prey in different ways, and whether these antipredator responses varied geographically was consistent among populations.
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