Conspicuous males suffer higher predation risk : visual modelling and experimental evidence from lizards

@inproceedings{StuartFox2003ConspicuousMS,
  title={Conspicuous males suffer higher predation risk : visual modelling and experimental evidence from lizards},
  author={Devi Stuart-Fox and Adnan Moussalli and N. Justin Marshall and Ian P. F. Owens},
  year={2003}
}
Colour pattern variation is a striking and widespread phenomenon. Differential predation risk between individuals is often invoked to explain colour variation, but empirical support for this hypothesis is equivocal. We investigated differential conspicuousness and predation risk in two species of Australian rock dragons, Ctenophorus decresii and C. vadnappa. To humans, the coloration of males of these species varies between ‘bright’ and ‘dull’. Visual modelling based on objective colour… CONTINUE READING

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