Behavior and Ecology of Rock Iguanas, I

Emília P. Martins and Kathryn E. Lacy

in Iguanas

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520238541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930117 | DOI:
Behavior and Ecology of Rock Iguanas, I

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This chapter examines the communicative displays of the Turks and Caicos Island iguana, Cyclura carinata. Animals living in social groups often exhibit communicative displays, for example, appeasement displays, to reduce aggression among individuals. This chapter considers the naturally occurring headbob displays of Cyclura carinata, testing the hypothesis that this form of display serves an appeasement or submissive function. It also explores the details of the display to identify structural differences between displays used in different contexts.

Keywords: communicative displays; Turks and Caicos Island iguana; Cyclura carinata; appeasement displays; headbob displays

Chapter.  4155 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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