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The life of fiddler crabs : mate choice, mate attraction and territoriality

Milner, Richard Norman Crothers


From violence to romance, fiddler crabs are an ideal study system to explore questions and predictions important to behavioural ecology and sexual selection. Fiddler crabs of the genus Uca are members of the Ocypodid family of brachyuran crabs. These highly social crabs occur in dense mixed sex colonies, and display pronounced sexual dimorphism. Males are endowed with one greatly enlarged claw that is used during courtship, as well as a weapon during aggressive interactions. Females lack this...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d5e72cdacf44
Access Rights: Open Access


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