The logical polyp: assessments and decisions during contests in the beadlet anemone Actinia equina

  title={The logical polyp: assessments and decisions during contests in the beadlet anemone Actinia equina},
  author={Fabian S Rudin and Mark Briffa},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
Contest behavior, where individuals compete directly against one another for access to limited resources, is widespread across animal taxa. In many cases, contests are settled though the use of noninjurious behavior such as agonistic signals and even fights that involve weapons are often resolved through processes of assessment and strategic decision making. Here, we determine the role of these "decision rules" during staged contests in a simple animal, the beadlet sea anemone Actinia equina… 

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