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Chameleon Color Change Communicates Conquest and Capitulation

Abstract Sexual and social signals have long been thought to play an important role in speciation and diversity; hence, investigations of intraspecific communication may lead to important insights regarding key processes of evolution. Though we have learned much about the control, function, and evolution of animal communication by studying several very common signal types, investigating rare classes of signals may provide new information about how and why animals communicate. My dissertation research focused on rapid physiological color change, a rare signal-type used by relatively few taxa. To answer longstanding questions about this rare class of signals, I employed novel methods to measure rapid color change signals of male veiled chameleons Cham... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Ligon, Russell Andrew (Author) / McGraw, Kevin J (Advisor) / McGraw, Kevin J (Committee member) / DeNardo, Dale F (Committee member) / Karsten, Kristopher B (Committee member) / Rutowski, Ronald L (Committee member) / Deviche, Pierre (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Ecology / Zoology / Behavioral ecology / Chameleons / Color / Communication / Honesty / Signals
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 163 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Biology 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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