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Relative contribution of dietary carotenoids and vitamin E to visual and chemical sexual signals of male Iberian green lizards: an experimental test

Kopena, R; López, P; Martín, Jé

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68(4): 571-581


ISSN/ISBN: 0340-5443
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-013-1672-9
Accession: 064561092

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Carotenoid-based sexual ornaments are widespread, but the role of carotenoids as honest signalers in the trade-off between coloration and antioxidant protection remains controversial. It has been suggested that the function of carotenoids might not be an antioxidant per se, but that colorful carotenoids may indirectly reflect the levels of nonpigmentary antioxidants, such as melatonin or vitamin E.

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