Defense of mates: a territory departure rule for male tree lizards following sex-ratio manipulation

@article{MCloskey1987DefenseOM,
  title={Defense of mates: a territory departure rule for male tree lizards following sex-ratio manipulation},
  author={Robert T. M'Closkey and Keith A Baia and Robert W. Russell},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1987},
  volume={73},
  pages={28-31}
}
Male tree lizards (Urosaurus ornatus) abandon their territories following the removal of potential mates. Departure time averages 25 days but varies from 1 to 7 weeks. We show that most of the variation (r 2=0.78) in departure of males can be accounted for by the number of females removed from male territories and adjacent trees. Males occupying higher quality territories (more potential mates) have short departure times, whereas males on poorer territories (fewer fameles) stay longer after… CONTINUE READING
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