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Investigating the role of a mud structure in a fiddler crab: do semidomes have a reproductive function?

Bourdiol, Julien; Chou, Chun-Chia; Perez, Daniela; Backwell, Patricia


Sensory traps occur when a signal evolves to mimic a cue to which the receiver responds favorably in another context. For example, if females are attracted to the noise a prey item makes, then a conspecific male can mimic that noise, thereby attracting females in the context of mating. Thus, sensory traps can be beneficial to receivers since attraction helps locating males more efficiently. But what happens when receivers are less attracted by the sensory trap outside of the original context...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-08-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-018-2556-9


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