Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display

Klomp, Danielle A. and Stuart-Fox, Devi M. and Indraneil, Das and Ord, Terry J. (2017) Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display. Biology Letters, 13 (2). pp. 1-4. ISSN 17449561

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Effective communication requires animal signals to be readily detected by receivers in the environments in which they are typically given. Certain light conditions enhance the visibility of colour signals and these conditions can vary depending on the orientation of the sun and the position of the signaller. We tested whether Draco sumatranus gliding lizards modified their position relative to the sun to enhance the conspicuousness of their throat-fan (dewlap) during social display to conspecifics. The dewlap was translucent, and we found that lizards were significantly more likely to orient themselves perpendicular to the sun when displaying. This increases the dewlap's radiance, and likely, its conspicuousness, by increasing the amount of light transmitted through the ornament. This is a rare example of a behavioural adaptation for enhancing the visibility of an ornament to distant receivers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animalia; Draco sumatranus; Squamata, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 07:59
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 03:29

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