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The effects of neighbor familiarity and size on cooperative defense of fiddler crab territories

Booksmythe, Isobel; Hayes, Catherine; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


Cooperation between neighbors in territory defense is expected when the cost of helping a neighbor is less than that of establishing new boundaries with a successful usurper of a neighboring territory. Cooperation has been documented in 3 species of fiddler crab and is understood to depend strongly on the relative sizes of participants - large residents will help smaller neighbors repel intermediate-sized intruders. Simply meeting these criteria does not, however, guarantee that helping occurs,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arr184


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