Shaping up to fight: sexual selection influences body shape and size in the fighting tortoise (Chersina angulata)

@article{Mann2006ShapingUT,
  title={Shaping up to fight: sexual selection influences body shape and size in the fighting tortoise (Chersina angulata)},
  author={G. Mann and M. O'Riain and M. Hofmeyr},
  journal={Journal of Zoology},
  year={2006},
  volume={269},
  pages={373-379}
}
The angulate tortoise Chersina angulata is unique among South African tortoises in having a single unpaired gular (extension of the ventral plastron) that is used to ram and overturn rival conspecifics. This behaviour has earned it the reputation of a ‘fighting tortoise’, and in this paper we test the hypothesis that the morphology of this tortoise is a result of intrasexual selection. Research was carried out on the tortoise population of Dassen Island in September 2004. Tortoises were… Expand
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