Flight initiation distance decreases during social activity in lizards (Sceloporus virgatus)

  title={Flight initiation distance decreases during social activity in lizards (Sceloporus virgatus)},
  author={W. Cooper},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • W. Cooper
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Flight initiation distance, the predator–prey distance when escape begins, is predicted by escape theory to decrease if fleeing entails loss of benefits. Shortening of flight initiation distance during social interactions is known only in males and only in a few species. In a previous study, male, but not female, Sceloporus virgatus lizards had shorter flight initiation distance when interacting with tethered conspecifics. Females in that study were not gravid or close to ovulating. I predicted… CONTINUE READING
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