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The battle of the sexes? Territory acquisition and defence in male and female fiddler crabs

Milner, Richard; Booksmythe, Isobel; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


In many territorial species males invest substantially in weapons, which they use in fights to acquire and maintain territories that ultimately give them access to females. Females often live within male territories or in female-only areas that are segregated from males. Under these circumstances, females do not have to compete directly with males for space, and in the context of territory acquisition and defence there is therefore no cost to being weaponless. In fiddler crabs, however,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.12.030


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