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Fit and fat from enlarged badges: a field experiment on male sand lizards


Anderholm, S and Olsson, M and Wapstra, E and Ryberg, K, Fit and fat from enlarged badges: a field experiment on male sand lizards, Royal Society of London. Proceedings. Series B - Biological Sciences, 271, (Supplement 4) pp. S142-S144 . ISSN 0962-8452 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1098/rsbl.2003.0094


To investigate the impact of nuptial coloration (the badge) on male fitness in the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), we conducted a manipulation experiment in a natural population. Males in one group had their badges enlarged by being painted as cheaters and were compared to a control group with respect to mate acquisition, body condition and survival. Badge enlargement did not affect survival, but elevated mate acquisition by almost 400%, and body condition in small males. This increase in condition is likely to stem from greater access to female-associated sites with high food availability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Wapstra, E (Associate Professor Erik Wapstra)
ID Code:31841
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-25

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