Iridophores and not carotenoids account for chromatic variation of carotenoid-basedcColoration in Common lizards (Lacerta vivipara).

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Title
Iridophores and not carotenoids account for chromatic variation of carotenoid-basedcColoration in Common lizards (Lacerta vivipara).
Journal
American Naturalist
Author(s)
San-Jose L.M., Granado-Lorencio F., Sinervo B., Fitze P.S.
ISSN
1537-5323 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0003-0147
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2013
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
181
Number
3
Pages
396-409
Language
english
Abstract
Abstract Carotenoids typically need reflective background components to shine. Such components, iridophores, leucophores, and keratin- and collagen-derived structures, are generally assumed to show no or little environmental variability. Here, we investigate the origin of environmentally induced variation in the carotenoid-based ventral coloration of male common lizards (Lacerta vivipara) by investigating the effects of dietary carotenoids and corticosterone on both carotenoid- and background-related reflectance. We observed a general negative chromatic change that was prevented by β-carotene supplementation. However, chromatic changes did not result from changes in carotenoid-related reflectance or skin carotenoid content but from changes in background-related reflectance that may have been mediated by vitamin A. An in vitro experiment showed that the encountered chromatic changes most likely resulted from changes in iridophore reflectance. Our findings demonstrate that chromatic variation in carotenoid-based ornaments may not exclusively reflect differences in integumentary carotenoid content and, hence, in qualities linked to carotenoid deposition (e.g., foraging ability, immune response, or antioxidant capacity). Moreover, skin carotenoid content and carotenoid-related reflectance were related to male color polymorphism, suggesting that carotenoid-based coloration of male common lizards is a multicomponent signal, with iridophores reflecting environmental conditions and carotenoids reflecting genetically based color morphs.
Keywords
carotenoid-based ornaments, condition-dependent signaling, honest signaling, structural coloration
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Web of science
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