Abstracts (first author)


Cats developed spots and stripes to lure rodents. A multidisciplinary framework for understanding the functions of the colour pattern on cats.

Author(s): Benavides Hernández L, Benavides O


To date the precise function of spots and stripes pattern on feline´s fur remains a mystery. Predators use lures in the type and range of signals used by their prey to sense his environment in feeding activities and possible in other intra- and inter- species communication. The type of signals can be acoustic, visual, chemical, mechanical or other used by the prey. In our work we argue that predation by luring is a driving force to the formation of skin color patterns and behavior of cats. We propose a computational visual comparative model to demonstrate the function of the color pattern on feline’s fur. We hypothesized that felines have developed a selective signaling, meaning that a signal pattern is intended to be detected by a specific receiver, but it would pass undetected for non-convenient receivers.


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XIV Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

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Department of Animal Biology (DBA)
Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon
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Computational Biology & Population Genomics Group