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Observations on activity, display behavior, coloration and androgen levels in the keeled earless lizard, Holbrookia propinqua

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We observed the distance moved, number of movements, and frequency of displays in ten minute intervals for two male color morphs, coral and yellow, and for brightly colored females, of Holbrookia propinqua. We also measured body sizes and, for males, plasma androgen concentrations. Distance moved, number of movements, and number of social displays were positively correlated in males. Females exhibited similar correlations, but the relationship between distance moved and number of displays was not significant. Males moved more often and greater distances than females. Females performed displays as frequently as did males, perhaps because we selected large, dominant females for observation. Distance moved, number of movements, and number of displays increased with body size in males. That these relationships did not hold in females may indicate a sex difference or reflect the small sample size and body size range of females. Plasma androgen concentrations increased with male body size, suggesting a possible androgenic mechanism of sexual selection for large size. Androgen level did not affect display frequency or distance moved. Distance moved increased with plasma androgen concentration, but when effects of body size were held constant, this relationship vanished. Coral and yellow males did not differ in androgen concentration, size, or in the observed behaviors.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama 36193, U.S.A.; 2: Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, U.S.A.


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