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Differences in context and function of two distinct waving displays in the fiddler crab, Uca perplexa (Decapoda: Ocypodidae)

How, Martin; Zeil, Jochen; Hemmi, Jan


To respond appropriately to communication signals, animals must have the ability to decipher signal meaning. At a basic level, interpreting the difference between territorial and courtship signals can be vital for the survival and reproduction of social animals. Male and female fiddler crabs communicate with claw-waving displays, but the function of these waves remains uncertain. Species differ in the context in which they wave: Some wave during courtship, some during territorial defence and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-007-0448-5


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