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Hi All,

today, we've launched a crowdfunding project about co-evolution of  color vision and coloration in jumping spiders. Please check it out for some sweet spider footage and to see what we're  up to! And consider spreading the word!

Hi all,

The journal club will be taking a brief hiatus so we can recharge our batteries & dig up some colourful new material. In the meantime, feel free to keep posting interesting stuff here, and the colsci hashtag is always rolling along. Back soon!


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Fruity Ants
The link below is the paper published in 2008 in American Naturalist about the nematode that turns its ant host into what looks to a bird like a tasty berry. Also, here's another two short paper that supplement the findings in that initial study:
Exoskeletal thinning in Cephalotes atratus ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) parasitized by Myrmeconema neotropicum (Nematoda: Tetradonematidae).
The Geographic Distribution of Parasite-Induced Fruit Mimicry in Cephalotes atratus (Formicidae: Myrmicinae)

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I thought this might be of interest to members of this community. It is an article in The Conversation which is based on a new paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The researchers created a model for avian vision and measured the reflectance  profile of different Australian flowers. The article discuss how avian vision may have driven the evolution of colours in Australian plants.

are we doing a hangout today or next week?

This is the paper we discussed this morning that also used field guides to assess birds. He used many 'metrics' for assessing the colouration from the photographs. Obviously, my opinions about them are mixed, however it is an interesting contrast to the much simpler approach used by the paper this morning.

Bailey 1978 Latitudinal Gradients in Colors and Patterns of Passerine Birds, The Condor, Vol 80, No. 4

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Seasons greetings, all! Looking forward to hanging out again early next year.
Here is a nice paper which you can round off your reading with!

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Another new study which might be of interest to this community - on how male chameleons use colour as a social signal in confrontations.

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Ahoy! Couple of things - I just realised I can't make next week as we've got our yearly progress seminars and I'm up early. I had some data we could chat about, but I'd kind of like to be there...

Anyone spot any cool papers/have some data instead?

Also - I chatted to Darrell about their epic colour review and it's just doing the final rounds among the authors, after which we're welcome to it. So it'll be a few weeks, but we'll get early access when it's back.  
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