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Why do fiddler crabs build chimneys?

Slatyer, R; Fok, E; Hocking, Rachael; Backwell, Patricia


Chimneys are mud mounds built by fiddler crabs that encircle the entrance to their burrow. Their function in many species is unknown. In Uca capricornis, crabs of both sexes and all sizes build chimneys, but females do so disproportionately more often. There are no differences in the immediate physical or social environments between crabs with and without a chimney. Chimney owners spend less time feeding and more time underground than non-owners. We show experimentally that burrows with a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0387


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