Data from: Intraspecific competition, not predation, drives lizard tail loss on islands

Yuval Itescu, Rachel Schwarz, Shai Meiri & Panayiotis Pafilis
Tail autotomy is mainly considered an antipredator mechanism. Theory suggests that predation pressure relaxes on islands, subsequently reducing autotomy rates. Intraspecific aggression, which may also cause tail loss, probably intensifies on islands due to the higher abundance. We studied whether tail autotomy is mostly affected by predation pressure or by intraspecific competition. We further studied whether predator abundance or predator richness is more important in this context. To test our predictions, we examined multiple populations...
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