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Nuptial coloration in the sand lizard, Lacerta agilis: an intra-sexually selected cue to lighting ability

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Abstract. In the sexually dichromatic sand lizard the area of the nuptial green coloration in males is allometrically related to body mass, and males with higher fighting ability have more saturated nuptial colours. Experiments in the laboratory showed that the extent of the bright nuptial coloration in males affects their contest behaviour; manipulated males with more colour were more likely both to initiate contests and to win. Further, when manipulated males had badges of unequal size the contests were settled more quickly than when the badges were the same size. This predicts that superior fighters with larger badges should have higher mating success; this was confirmed by field studies of a natural population. © 1994 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Publication Date


  • 1994

Citation


  • Olsson, M. (1994). Nuptial coloration in the sand lizard, Lacerta agilis: an intra-sexually selected cue to lighting ability. Animal Behaviour, 48(3), 607-613. doi:10.1006/anbe.1994.1280

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0028161685

Start Page


  • 607

End Page


  • 613

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Abstract. In the sexually dichromatic sand lizard the area of the nuptial green coloration in males is allometrically related to body mass, and males with higher fighting ability have more saturated nuptial colours. Experiments in the laboratory showed that the extent of the bright nuptial coloration in males affects their contest behaviour; manipulated males with more colour were more likely both to initiate contests and to win. Further, when manipulated males had badges of unequal size the contests were settled more quickly than when the badges were the same size. This predicts that superior fighters with larger badges should have higher mating success; this was confirmed by field studies of a natural population. © 1994 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour.

Publication Date


  • 1994

Citation


  • Olsson, M. (1994). Nuptial coloration in the sand lizard, Lacerta agilis: an intra-sexually selected cue to lighting ability. Animal Behaviour, 48(3), 607-613. doi:10.1006/anbe.1994.1280

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0028161685

Start Page


  • 607

End Page


  • 613

Volume


  • 48

Issue


  • 3