Defeated chameleons darken dynamically during dyadic disputes to decrease danger from dominants

  title={Defeated chameleons darken dynamically during dyadic disputes to decrease danger from dominants},
  author={Russell A. Ligon},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • Russell A. Ligon
  • Published 17 April 2014
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Research on intraspecific aggression has typically focused on dominant individuals, but a better understanding of the consequences and mechanisms of agonistic encounters requires a balanced perspective that includes knowledge of subordinate animal behaviors. [] Key Method Here, I use a series of staged agonistic trials between adult male veiled chameleons Chamaeleo calyptratus to test the hypothesis that rapid skin darkening serves as a submissive signal to resolve agonistic activity. Concordant with this…
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