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Male spacing and female choice in a fiddler crab

Perez, Daniela; Backwell, Patricia


The aggregation of courting males is widespread among animal taxa, yet we do not understand why males congregate and therefore intensify local competition for female attention. The most commonly invoked theoretical explanation is that females preferentially approach clustered males due to the many benefits they would gain, and clustered males would therefore have higher mating success. However, although theoretical explanations of aggregation formation are well-advanced, empirical studies are...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arz147
Access Rights: Open Access


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