Central and Autonomic Aspects of Aggression and Dominance in Reptiles
There are reciprocal relationships between the central and autonomic aspects of aggression, social status, and psychological stress. My interest in these emerged during a research project concerned with forebrain control of social behavior using the green anolis lizard, Anolis carolinensis, as a model species. This report will first summarize relevant aspects of the ethology of A.carolinensis in naturalistic laboratory habitats and then discuss the known and putative relationships of aggressive and status-related behavior to underlying neural and endocrine mechanisms.
KeywordsAnterior Commissure Body Color Ventromedial Nucleus Melanocyte Stimulate Hormone Display Behavior
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