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Multimodal communication in courting fiddler crabs reveals male performance capacities

Mowles, Sophie; Jennions, MIchael D.; Backwell, Patricia

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Courting males often perform different behavioural displays that demonstrate aspects of their quality. Male fiddler crabs, Uca sp., are well known for their repetitive claw-waving display during courtship. However, in some species, males produce an additional signal by rapidly stridulating their claw, creating a ‘drumming’ vibrational signal through the substrate as a female approaches, and even continue to drum once inside their burrow. Here, we show that the switch from waving to drumming...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-03-15
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/235250
Source: Royal Society Open Science
DOI: 10.1098/rsos.161093
Access Rights: Open Access

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