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pdf 08. Arm-wave display in a Liolaemus lizard


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pp. 184-188

Author: Natalin S. Vicente

Abstract: Lizards show a great variety of visual displays. Among them, arm-waving is a behaviour that has received little attention and its role is still controversial. Here, I analyse the armwaves of Liolaemus pacha lizards in their natural habitat with the aim of determining their function. Arm-waving was performed by both sexes, usually with the ventral body surface in contact with the ground. Furthermore, it was more frequent when alone, and during female-male interactions. The results of this study are suggestive but not conclusive regarding the possible function of this behaviour.

Keywords: communication; predator-prey interaction; reptiles; social signal; submissive; visual display

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