Animal Signals: Signalling and Signal Design in Animal Communication

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Yngve Espmark, Trond Amundsen, Gunilla Rosenqvist
Tapir Academic Press, 2000 - 496 sivua
How can we explain the peacock's beautiful tail decorations, or the wonderful song of the nightingale? Why are some smells nice and others nasty? How do animals signal their intentions and qualities to potential partners? How do offspring tell parents about their needs? Are signals tuned to the environment, and to the mental abilities of receivers? Essential for understanding how animals cope with their ecological and social environment, the study of animal signals is one of the most active research areas in evolutionary biology. Understanding the signalling systems of nature has wide-ranging relevance including biological conservation and human communication. Written by international scientists, this is a comprehensive overview of the fascinating diversity of animal signals and signalling functions. Combining reviews and research, the book is aimed at both students and professional scientists.
 

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Contributors
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MaleMale Competition and Femal Choice in
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Kurt A McKean Department of Biology Ben C Sheldon Edward Grey Institute
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Efficacy and Content in Avian Colour Signals 4760
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Avian UV Vision and Sexual Selection 6182
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The Visual Ecology of Reef Fish Colours 83120
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A Signalling Tail 121132
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Genetically Correlated or Sexually
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Prowess and the Resolution of Animal Fights 259276
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Handicap Index and Conventional Signal Elements
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Switzerland Brian D Wisenden Department of Biology
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Why Female Birds Sing 317327
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The Evolution of Olfactory Ornamentation
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Signals and Multimodal Signalling in Spider Communication 387405
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Signals Parasites and the Immune System 407419
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MHC Genotype and Ornamentation 421436
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Is Fluctuating Asymmetry a Visual Signal? 155175
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Problems in Studying Receiver Biases and their Effects
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Environmental Dependence of Genetic Indicator
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Signal Function Signal Efficiency and the Evolution
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Sexual Signals and Speciation 237257
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Examples of MHCCorrelated Sexual Selection
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Conflicts of Interest in Signal Evolution 465485
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Subject Index 487492
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