Body size as a factor determining dominance in staged agonistic encounters between male brown anoles (Anolis sagrei)

Richard Tokarz

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Abstract

The results of staged agonistic encounters between males indicate that body size is an important determinant of dominance in male brown anoles (Anolis sagrei). Larger males defended their perch sites more successfully than did smaller males, perched higher than smaller males, and were most often the first male to enter the other male's territory. Larger males also exhibited more challenge displays than did smaller males. Head-nods, a display given by subordinate individuals, were observed only in smaller males.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-753
Number of pages8
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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