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Social Behavior

Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt

in Lizards

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234017
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234017.003.0005
Social Behavior

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The world of lizard behavior is complex and fascinating. Nearly all lizards use visual and chemical cues in social behavior. Many male lizards expand brilliantly colored dewlaps, flash patches of bright ventral coloration, and bob their heads and bodies in species-specific patterns to thwart other males or to attract attention of females. Some produce acoustic signals, and tactile signals are also nearly always used in conjunction with other signals. This chapter considers signal and reception systems in lizards and provides examples demonstrating how these systems are used. It also examines social behavior and its consequences.

Keywords: behavior; social behavior; dewlaps; acoustic signals; tactile signals; signal; reception systems

Chapter.  13533 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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