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Zebra Stripes

Tim Caro


Zebras are infamous for their contrasting black and white stripes and their unique striping pattern among mammals has been discussed since Wallace and Darwin. Many very different ideas have been proposed for why the three species of zebras have stripes but remarkably few attempts have been made to test any of them. This book systematically examines every hypothesis for the functions of striping in zebras using observations principally in the wild but also in captivity, simple field experiments, careful reading of the literature, and sophisticated comparative analyses across equid species and s ... More

Keywords: adaptive significance, black and white coloration, equids, evolution, hypothesis testing, zebras

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226411019
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226411156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Caro, author
University of California, Davis