Sunday, 16 August 2015

Look at me! Forest-dwelling anoles 'glow' to attract attention


Date: August 14, 2015

Source: University of Missouri-Columbia

Summary: See and be seen. In the elaborate game of seeking and attracting a mate, male anole lizards have a special trick -- they grab attention by perching on a tree limb, bobbing their heads up and down, and extending a colorful throat fan, called a dewlap. The dramatic 'glowing' effect, according to a new study, increases the efficacy of the male lizard's visual signal, making them stand out better to females.

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