Deceptive or honest signalling of fighting ability? A test of alternative hypotheses for the function of changes in call dominant frequency by male cricket frogs

@article{Wagner1992DeceptiveOH,
  title={Deceptive or honest signalling of fighting ability? A test of alternative hypotheses for the function of changes in call dominant frequency by male cricket frogs},
  author={William Edward Wagner},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1992},
  volume={44},
  pages={449-462}
}
Previous data on intrasexual competition in Blanchard's cricket frog, Acris crepitans blanchardi, demonstrated that males assess the size of an opponent, an important component of fighting ability, based on the dominant frequency of an opponent's calls . Males of this species, however, often lower their dominant frequency in response to the calls of larger opponents, suggesting the conditional production of deceptive signals of size . In this study, playback experiments were used to test honest… CONTINUE READING
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