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Courtship herding in the fiddler crab Uca elegans

How, Martin; Hemmi, Jan

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Male and female animals are not always complicit during reproduction, giving rise to coercion. One example of a system that is assumed to involve sexual coercion is the mate herding behaviour of fiddler crabs: males push females towards the home burrow with the goal of forcing copulation at the burrow entrance. We recorded and analysed in detail the courtship behaviour of a North Australian species of fiddler crab Uca elegans. Courtship was composed of four main phases: broadcast waving,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/60665
Source: Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00359-008-0376-5

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