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Animal signals Cognition Communication Water skink project

Brains and Brawn: dominant lizards are better learners too!

Note: this blog post is republished from Fonti’s web site Dominant individuals tend to have greater monopoly over food and mates and therefore have more offspring compared to subordinate individuals. Are these successes attributed to greater cognitive ability? Or are dominant individuals just better at freeloading from their clever subordinate counterparts? We investigated whether dominant […]

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Behaviour Lab news Science news Sexual selection Water skink project

A lizard’s guide to mating: Alternative reproductive tactics give males an edge in finding the ladies

By Dan Noble Sexual selection – the differential reproductive success of individuals – is a powerful evolutionary force. Sexual selection can lead to evolution of both beautiful and bizarre phenotypes, such as peacock trains, deer antlers and the complex displays and bright colours of many lizards. Although we see these tell-tail signs of sexual selection […]

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Lab news Publications Science news Sexual selection Water skink project

Sex in the lizard world: Promiscuous females and protective males

The sex life of Australian water skinks (Eulamprus) has received considerable attention in the past few decades. The Keogh Lab documented alternate reproductive tactics in E. heatwolei and Jess Stapley’s PhD focused in part, on fitness consequences of ARTs. More recently, Dan Noble has been working on ARTs in E. quoyii, and this work will […]

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Dispatches from the field: in search of the mystical Secret Toad-headed Agama and other tail waving lizards in China

This dispatch comes to you from the Tukai Desert in north-west China, a short drive (about 15 km) from the Kazakhstan border. We are three weeks into a six-week field trip. The lab is currently working on the evolution of complex tail waves and colour signals in Asian toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus) in collaboration with Dr. […]

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Frog Lab news Science news Sexual selection

Best to sleep around to help the kids – if you’re a frog – Sydney Morning Herald

Here is an article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Max Mason, reporting on work recently published by Phil Byrne and Martin Whiting. Best to sleep around to help the kids – if you’re a frog

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Augrabies flat lizards Ecology Lab news Sexual selection

Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic

Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic.

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Augrabies flat lizards Lab news Sexual selection

Flat lizards are UV lizards

Augrabies Flat lizards, made famous in David Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood (Dragons of the Dry) and also in Planet Earth (Deserts) have made the news again. Our study of their visual system reveals remarkably high sensitivity to UV. In fact, they are approximately three times more sensitive to UV than other lizards. You can […]

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Behaviour Frog Sexual selection

Harmonious orgy is winning formula for frogs – Australian Geographic

Here is an Australian Geographic report on all Phil’s hard work in the field! Harmonious orgy is winning formula for frogs – Australian Geographic.