Open Access Repository

Fit and fat from enlarged badges: a field experiment on male sand lizards

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

Anderholm, S, Olsson, M, 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.), vol. 271 , s142-s144 , doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0094.

[img] PDF
Fitandfat.pdf | Request a copy
Full text restricted
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Anderholm, S and Olsson, M and Wapstra, E and Ryberg, K
Keywords: status; signalling; badge manipulation; reproductive success; condition
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B (Suppl.)
ISSN: 0962-8452
DOI / ID Number: 10.1098/rsbl.2003.0094
Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page
TOP