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A Comparison of Facial Color Pattern and Gazing Behavior in Canid Species Suggests Gaze Communication in Gray Wolves (Canis lupus)

posted Aug 5, 2014, 8:07 PM by chloe owens

6/11/24, by Sayoko Ueda, etc., PLOS

A Comparison of Facial Color Pattern and Gazing Behavior in Canid Species Suggests Gaze Communication in Gray Wolves (Canis lupus)

As facial color pattern around the eyes has been suggested to serve various adaptive functions related to the gaze signal, we compared the patterns among 25 canid species, focusing on the gaze signal, to estimate the function of facial color pattern in these species…These results suggest that the facial color pattern of canid species is related to their gaze communication and that canids with A-type faces, especially gray wolves, use the gaze signal in conspecific communication.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0098217;jsessionid=594912E58EA24B18414B175FB69C82C6

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