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What factors contribute to an ownership advantage?

Fayed, Sarah; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


In most taxa, owners win fights when defending a territory against intruders. We calculated effect sizes for four factors that potentially contribute to an 'owner advantage'. We studied male fiddler crabs Uca mjoebergi, where owners won 92% of natural fights. Owners were not more successful because they were inherently better fighters (r=0.02). There was a small effect (r=0.18) of the owner's knowledge of territory quality (food availability) and a medium effect (r=0.29) of his having...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2007.0534


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