Chemosensory assessment of rival body size is based on chemosignal concentration in male Spanish terrapins

@article{Ibez2014ChemosensoryAO,
  title={Chemosensory assessment of rival body size is based on chemosignal concentration in male Spanish terrapins},
  author={Alejandro Ib{\'a}{\~n}ez and Alfonso Marzal and Pilar L{\'o}pez and Jos{\'e} Mart{\'i}n},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={68},
  pages={2005-2012}
}
Assessment of the fighting ability of potential opponents is an essential skill to minimize the costs of agonistic interactions between males. Previous research showed that chemical cues released in the water by male turtles may convey information about body size, which is important for intrasexual competition. However, the mechanistic basis of such chemical signaling of body size remains poorly understood. Here, we aimed to experimentally examine whether the release of chemosignals is… CONTINUE READING
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