Motion: enhancing signals and concealing cues
Eunice J Tan, Mark A Elgar
BIOLOGY OPEN | COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 2021
Animal colour patterns remain a lively focus of evolutionary and behavioural ecology, despite the considerable conceptual and technical developments over the last four decades. Nevertheless, our current understanding of the function and efficacy of animal colour patterns remains largely shaped by a focus on stationary animals, typically in a static background. Yet, this rarely reflects the natural world: most animals are mobile in their search for food and mates, and their surrounding environment is usually dynamic. Thus, visual signalling involves not only animal colour patterns, but also the patterns of animal motion and behaviour, often in the context of a potentially dynamic background. ..View full abstract
Awarded by National Geographic Society for an Explorer Grant
E.J.T. thanks National Geographic Society for an Explorer Grant NGS-KOR-301R-18 that supports her work on colour patterns and movement.