Poison Frog Colors Are Honest Signals of Toxicity, Particularly for Bird Predators

@article{Maan2011PoisonFC,
  title={Poison Frog Colors Are Honest Signals of Toxicity, Particularly for Bird Predators},
  author={Martine E. Maan and Molly E. Cummings},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2011},
  volume={179},
  pages={E1 - E14}
}
  • M. MaanM. Cummings
  • Published 1 December 2011
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • The American Naturalist
Antipredator defenses and warning signals typically evolve in concert. [] Key Result Using a mouse-based toxicity assay, we find extreme variation in toxicity between frog populations. This variation is significantly positively correlated with frog coloration brightness, a viewer-independent measure of visual conspicuousness (i.e., total reflectance flux). We also examine conspicuousness from the view of three potential predator taxa, as well as conspecific frogs, using taxon-specific visual detection models…

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