In a study that has just been published in Frontiers in Psychology, we show that beetles (Tenebrio molitor) use numerical cues to evaluate the number of rival males they encounter before mating. Due to their sophisticated sperm competition mechanisms, T. molitor males are in a lot of (selective) pressure to asses the number of males [...]
In some species, individuals of the same sex come in different colours or morphs, a phenomenon known as colour polymorphism. A recurring question in the study of polymorphic species is what evolutionary processes may allow the coexistence of different morphs in the wild. Lizards of the genus Podarcis are ideal subjects in which to [...]
Our latest paper on lizard cognition has just been published ahead of print in Biology Letters. Although there has been good evidence of lizard spatial learning for many years now, lizards are still frequently depicted as slow, inflexible learners. This is generally annoying, but it is particularly striking in the case of spatial learning because [...]
Check out this recent and extremely interesting paper by Andrew Hugall and Devi Stuart-Fox just published in Nature! In it, Andrew and Devi use species-level molecular phylogenies from five families of non-passerine birds (i.e. falcons, owls, nightjars, accipitrids and pheasants) to show that colour polymorphism is associated with accelerated speciation [...]
Still clinging up there…
‘Animals in translation: why there is meaning (but probably no message) in animal communication‘, our theoretical paper published in August 2010, continues to be among the most read papers in Animal Behaviour. It was the most read (by downloads) paper of the journal last trimester, and ranked fifth overall [...]
Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic.
Martin Whiting’s latest publication on UV communication in Platysaurus hits the headlines, one of the coolest lizards on the planet!
Finally, after a 22h flight from London featuring two sunrises, two sunsets, a (perhaps too) talkative guy from Worcestershire (yes, where the sauce is made), some massive passenger-spraying by the crew with some sort of anti-biotic stuff that took me completely by surprise, and a 8-buck tiger beer at Sanghai airport…I landed safely in Sydney, where I [...]