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Eavesdropping in crabs: an agency for lady detection

Milner, Richard; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


Although conspicuous courtship displays are an effective way of attracting the attention of receptive females, they could provide valuable information to rival males on the location of these females. In fiddler crabs, males that see a receptive female wave their single, greatly enlarged claw in a highly conspicuous courtship display. We test whether other males use this courtship display to alert them to the presence of receptive females that they cannot directly see. We show that male fiddler...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0384


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