Chinese lizards and the Game of Thrones

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China Studies Research Centre Seminar Series

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Date:
Thursday 25 October 2018 02:30 pm until Thursday 25 October 2018 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Jean Zhang
94793889; csrc@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Dr Richard Peters
Type of Event:
Seminar/Workshop/Training

Animals compete when resources are limited, and when this competition relates to a specific area in space, we consider resource holders to be exhibiting territoriality. Territorial behaviour does not always involve physical contact and many species demonstrate their superiority using communicative signals. The Qinghai toad-headed agama are dragon lizards from China that compete for ownership of burrows. These resources are so important for survival that females engage in territorial behaviour to the equal of males, which is unusual in lizards and makes this species particularly informative. These fascinating lizards were the impetus for the collaboration between the Animal Behaviour Group at La Trobe University and the Chengdu Institute of Biology (Chinese Academy of Sciences), along with researchers from Macquarie University and The University of NSW. In this presentation, I will talk about our work on the territorial behaviour of this and other closely related species, while also providing some background to how the collaboration started and stories from our trips to China.

About the Speaker

Dr Richard Peters leads the Animal Behaviour Group in the Department of Ecology, Environment & Evolution at La Trobe University. His group covers broad interests in animal behaviour with both theoretical and applied benefits, working across three continents and studying more than 60 different species. See http://www.peterslab.info

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