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Ladies First: Coerced Mating in a Fiddler Crab

Painting, Christina; Splinter, William; Callander, Sophia; Maricic, Tim; Peso, Marianne; Backwell, Patricia


In some species males increase their reproductive success by forcing females to copulate with them, usually by grasping the female or pinning her to the ground to prevent her from escaping. Here we report an example of males coercing copulation by trapping a female in a confined space. During mate-searching, female Uca mjoebergi fiddler crabs visit males and choose whether or not to enter their burrow for inspection. Males typically enter the burrow first and we found that 71% of females will...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0155707
Access Rights: Open Access


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