The effect of familiarity with a neighborhood on territory acquisition

  title={The effect of familiarity with a neighborhood on territory acquisition},
  author={Judy A. Stamps},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Several authors have suggested that familiarity with the neighborhood around a territory might improve the ability of contestants to compete successfully for that territory. In this study, juvenile Anolis aeneus lizards residing in clearings were allowed to observe, but not enter, artificial homesites for 9 to 12 days. Then the homesites were made accessible to both previous residents and new arrivals to the clearing. The settlement success of new arrivals onto the homesites was dramatically… CONTINUE READING
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