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Know thine enemy's neighbor: neighbor size affects floaters' choice of whom to fight

Milner, Richard; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


It can be less costly to help a neighbor repel an intruder than to renegotiate boundaries with a new and potentially stronger individual. Male fiddler crabs will help a smaller neighbor fight off an intruder when the intruder is intermediate in size relative to the 2 neighbors. Fights involving neighbor coalitions are costly for an intruder because he rarely wins when a larger neighbor intervenes. It might therefore be expected that territory-seeking males will avoid fighting residents that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arr073


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