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Temporal constraints and female preference for burrow width in the fiddler crab, Uca mjoebergi

Reaney, Leeann; Backwell, Patricia


We studied sampling behaviour and mate choice in the fiddler crab Uca mjoebergi. Once a female selects a mate, she copulates in his burrow and remains there until releasing her aquatic larvae. U. mjoebergi occurs in habitats that are inundated only by the highest amplitude spring tides. Females can only release their larvae during these tides, and release before or after will result in complete failure of reproductive effort. Matings occur over a 5-day period near the end of neap tides. Our...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-007-0383-5


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