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Taking a risk: how far will male fiddler crabs go?

Heatwole, Siobhan; Christy, John H; Backwell, Patricia

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Courtship is costly for males when it increases their energy expenditure and predation risk. There are several ways in which males might be able to mitigate these costs, or compensate for them by elevating the benefits of courtship. First, they could selectively court more profitable females. Second, they could adjust the amount of risk they take against their residual reproductive value. Third, they could sometimes use cheaper signals to deceive females. In the fiddler crab Leptuca...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/162702
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-018-2500-z

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