The "Pursuit Deterrent" Function of Alarm Signals

@article{Woodland1980TheD,
  title={The "Pursuit Deterrent" Function of Alarm Signals},
  author={D. Woodland and Zarina Jaafar and Mary-Lou Knight},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1980},
  volume={115},
  pages={748 - 753}
}
With few exceptions (Perrins 1968; Smythe 1970) it has always been expressly or tacitly assumed that the function of "alarm" signals was to warn conspecifics of the presence of a predator. To some it has also seemed self-evident that the signaler thereby decreased its chances of survival (Brereton 1959; Maynard Smith 1965; Hirth and McCullogh 1977). It has been the evolutionary implications of that second assumption that have been responsible for most of the interest in this topic. If it could… Expand
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