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Lizard Social Behavior

edited by Stanley F. Fox, J. Kelly McCoy, and Troy A. Baird

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Lizards exhibit, in a form that is simpler to isolate and study, many of the same traits of higher vertebrates. For this reason, zoologists have long chosen lizards as model systems to address questions that are central to ecological and evolutionary theory. This books brings together many of the most active researchers currently using lizards to study the evolution of social behavior, plus three well-known experts on behavior of other taxa for an outside perspective. Each author begins by developing one or more hypotheses, then presents data on a specific lizard system that addresses these…

Lizards exhibit, in a form that is simpler to isolate and study, many of the same traits of higher vertebrates. For this reason, zoologists have long chosen lizards as model systems to address questions that are central to ecological and evolutionary theory. This books brings together many of the most active researchers currently using lizards to study the evolution of social behavior, plus three well-known experts on behavior of other taxa for an outside perspective. Each author begins by developing one or more hypotheses, then presents data on a specific lizard system that addresses these issues. The chapters are arranged in three sections that reflect the primary levels at which behavioral ecologists examine adaptive variation in social behavior: individual variation within populations, variation among different populations of the same species, and variation among several species.

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9
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456
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9780801868931
Illustration Description
1 halftone, 81 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Evolutionary Study of Social Behavior and the Role of Lizards as Model Organisms
Part I: Variation Among Individuals
Introduction
Chapter 1. Intra- and

Preface
List of Contributors
Introduction: The Evolutionary Study of Social Behavior and the Role of Lizards as Model Organisms
Part I: Variation Among Individuals
Introduction
Chapter 1. Intra- and Intersexual Variation in Social Behavior: Effects of Ontogeny, Phenotype, Resources, and Season.
Chapter 2. Evolution and Maintenance of Social Status–Signaling Badges: Experimental Manipulations in Lizards.
Chapter 3. Ecological and Social Contexts for the Evolution of Alternative Mating Strategies.
Chapter 4. Social Behavior and Antipredatory Defense in Lizards.
Part II: Variation Among Populations
Introduction
Chapter 5. Sexual Selection, Social Behavior, and the Environmental Potential for Polygyny.
Chapter 6. Intraspecific Variation in Sexual Dimorphism and Mating System in Relation to Interisland Differences in Predation Pressure.
Chapter 7. Island Biogeography of Morphology and Social Behavior in the Lava Lizards of the Galapagos Islands.
Part III: Variation Among Species
Introduction
Chapter 8. Endocrinology of Species Differences in Sexually Dichromatic Signals: Using the Organization and Activation Model in a Phylogenetic Framework.
Chapter 9. The Interplay Among Environment, Social Behavior, and Morphology: Iguanid Mating Systems.
Chapter 10. Social Behavior at High and Low Elevations: Environmental Release and Phylogenetic Effects in Liolaemus.
Chapter 11. Sexual Dimorphism in Body Size and Shape in Relation to Habitat Use Among Species of Caribbean Anolis Lizards.
Literature Cited
Index

Author Bios
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Stanley F. Fox

Stanley F. Fox is the Regents Professor of Zoology at Oklahoma State University.
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J. Kelly McCoy

J. Kelly McCoy is an assistant professor of biology at Angelo State University.
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Troy A. Baird

Troy A. Baird is a professor of biology at the University of Central Oklahoma.