Skink skirmishes: why do owners win?

Ian CW Hardy, DJ Kemp

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There is now a plethora of studies showing that owners of a resource are advantaged in pairwise contests for that resource. There are also many explanations: the use of ownership as an arbitrary cue for contest settlement, the accumulation of competitively superior individuals as owners, the presence of mechanistic advantages for owners, and owners perceiving a higher value for the contested resource. Several studies have attempted to unravel these influences using manipulative experimentation. In a recent study on Tasmanian snow skinks (Niveoscincus microlepidotus), Olsson and Shine take a complementary approach. By observing naturally occurring contests between skinks of known identity, they contrasted the importance of ownership and physical attributes to contest outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-174
Number of pages1
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes

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