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Fit and fat from enlarged badges: a field experiment on male sand lizards
Anderholm, S and Olsson, M and Wapstra, E and Ryberg, K (2004) Fit and fat from enlarged badges: a field experiment on male sand lizards. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Suppl.), 271. s142-s144. ISSN 0962-8452
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To investigate the impact of nuptial coloration (the badge) on male fitness in the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), we conducted a manipulation experiment in a natural population. Males in one group had their badges enlarged by being painted as cheaters and were compared to a control group with respect to mate acquisition, body condition and survival. Badge enlargement did not affect survival, but elevated mate acquisition by almost 400%, and body condition in small males. This increase in condition is likely to stem from greater access to female-associated sites with high food availability.
|Keywords:||status; signalling; badge manipulation; reproductive success; condition|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Suppl.)|
|Identification Number - DOI:||10.1098/rsbl.2003.0094|
|Date Deposited:||15 Oct 2007 02:50|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 03:23|
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