Shape matters: animal colour patterns as signals of individual quality.

@article{PrezRodrguez2017ShapeMA,
  title={Shape matters: animal colour patterns as signals of individual quality.},
  author={Lorenzo P{\'e}rez-Rodr{\'i}guez and Roger Jovani and Martin Stevens},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2017},
  volume={284 1849}
}
Colour patterns (e.g. irregular, spotted or barred forms) are widespread in the animal kingdom, yet their potential role as signals of quality has been mostly neglected. However, a review of the published literature reveals that pattern itself (irrespective of its size or colour intensity) is a promising signal of individual quality across species of many different taxa. We propose at least four main pathways whereby patterns may reliably reflect individual quality: (i) as conventional signals… CONTINUE READING