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Female fiddler crabs settle for less: the travel costs of mate choice

Booksmythe, Isobel; Detto, Tanya; Backwell, Patricia


Females often have strong preferences for the most attractive males that provide the greatest benefits. However, searching for and sampling potential mates is costly. Females are therefore expected to make an optimizing choice whereby the benefits provided by the male outweigh the cost of choosing him. Consequently males should benefit by minimizing costs experienced by sampling females, or by reducing the ability of females to assess these costs. We investigated the economics of female mate...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.07.022


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