Territory defence in poison frogs: experience pays off

Experience makes the difference. That’s the main finding of a recently published study led by a research team from the Vetmeduni Vienna on the territory defence behaviour of Allobates femoralis, a small species of poison frog that is widespread across Amazonia. Contrary to the assumption that the speed of response would affect the accuracy of the defensive attack, the researchers found that age, and thus experience in territory defence, is the relevant factor determining the animal’s success.

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