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Research Article

Spottier Targets Are Less Attractive to Tabanid Flies: On the Tabanid-Repellency of Spotty Fur Patterns

  • Miklos Blaho,

    Affiliation: Environmental Optics Laboratory, Department of Biological Physics, Physical Institute, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

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  • Adam Egri,

    Affiliation: Environmental Optics Laboratory, Department of Biological Physics, Physical Institute, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

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  • Lea Bahidszki,

    Affiliation: Environmental Optics Laboratory, Department of Biological Physics, Physical Institute, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

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  • Gyorgy Kriska,

    Affiliations: Group for Methodology in Biology Teaching, Biological Institute, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary, Danube Research Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vácrátót, Hungary

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  • Ramon Hegedus,

    Affiliation: Computer Vision and Robotics Group, University of Girona, Girona, Spain

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  • Susanne Åkesson mail,

    susanne.akesson@biol.lu.se

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

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  • Gabor Horvath

    Affiliation: Environmental Optics Laboratory, Department of Biological Physics, Physical Institute, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

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  • Published: August 02, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041138

About the Authors

Miklos Blaho, Adam Egri, Lea Bahidszki, Gabor Horvath
Environmental Optics Laboratory, Department of Biological Physics, Physical Institute, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
Gyorgy Kriska
Group for Methodology in Biology Teaching, Biological Institute, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
Gyorgy Kriska
Danube Research Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Vácrátót, Hungary
Ramon Hegedus
Computer Vision and Robotics Group, University of Girona, Girona, Spain
Susanne Åkesson
Department of Biology, Centre for Animal Movement Research, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Corresponding Author

Email: susanne.akesson@biol.lu.se

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: GK SA GH. Performed the experiments: MB AE LB GK RH GH. Analyzed the data: MB AE RH GH. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MB AE GK RH SA GH. Wrote the paper: SA GH.