Data from: Sexual signals for the colour-blind: cryptic female mantids signal quality through brightness

Katherine L. Barry, Thomas E. White, Darshana N. Rathnayake, Scott A. Fabricant & Marie E. Herberstein
1. Cryptic coloration may evolve in response to selective pressure imposed by predators, yet effective intraspecific communication may require some level of detectability. This creates a tension between the benefits of sexually selected visual traits and the predatory costs imposed by greater conspicuousness, and little is known about how this tension may be ameliorated in highly cryptic species. 2. We explore these competing demands in the false garden mantid Pseudomantis albofimbriata, a colour-blind and seemingly...
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