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The effects of claw regeneration on territory ownership and mating success in the fiddler crab Uca mjoebergi

Reaney, Leeann; Milner, Richard; Detto, Tanya; Backwell, Patricia

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Underlying male quality is often reflected in the condition of sexually selected traits. In fiddler crabs, male success in both intra- and interspecific interactions is highly dependent on the size of the major claw. However, males are often forced to autotomize their major claw. Claw regeneration significantly altered the structure of a males' major claw in Uca mjoebergi. We found, however, that claw regeneration did not affect signal quality. Both males and females were unable to visually...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/53242
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.09.021

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