Perception of artificial conspecifics by bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps)

Frohnwieser, Anna and Pike, Thomas W. and Murray, John C. and Wilkinson, Anna (2018) Perception of artificial conspecifics by bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps). Integrative Zoology . ISSN 1749-4869

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Artificial animals are increasingly used as conspecific stimuli in animal behavior research. However, researchers often have an incomplete understanding of how the species under study perceives conspecifics, and hence which features needed for a stimulus to be perceived appropriately. To investigate the features to which bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) attend, we measured their lateralized eye use when assessing a successive range of stimuli. These ranged through several stages of realism in artificial conspecifics, to see how features such as color, the presence of eyes, body shape and motion influence behavior. We found differences in lateralized eye use depending on the sex of the observing bearded dragon and the artificial conspecific, as well as the artificial conspecific's behavior. Therefore, this approach can inform the design of robotic animals that elicit biologically-meaningful responses in live animals. [Abstract copyright: This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.]

Keywords:Bearded dragons
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
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Deposited On:20 Mar 2018 16:19

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