Environmental and social factors influence chorusing behaviour in a tropical frog: examining various temporal and spatial scales

  title={Environmental and social factors influence chorusing behaviour in a tropical frog: examining various temporal and spatial scales},
  author={Penny Brooke and Ross A. Alford and Lin Schwarzkopf},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Abstract Many animals use conspicuous display to attract mates, and there should be selection for displays to occur at times and places that maximise the probability of mating, while minimising energetic costs and predator attraction. To select the best times for display, individuals may use environmental cues, the presence of other individuals, or both, but few studies have examined these sources of variation in display activity. In this study, we examined physical environmental and social… 

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  • J. Stamps
  • Environmental Science
    The American Naturalist
  • 1988
For many years, field studies of birds have suggested that territorial individuals may be attracted to one another, forming territorial clusters independent of resource distributions. However,