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Keeping up appearances: male fiddler crabs wave faster in a crowd

Milner, Richard; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


Courtship displays are often energetically and temporally costly as well as highly conspicuous to predators. Selection should therefore favour signalling tactics that minimize courtship costs while maintaining or increasing signal attractiveness. In fiddler crabs, males court females by waving their one greatly enlarged claw in a highly conspicuous and costly display. Here, we investigate whether courting males adjust their wave rate, and therefore the cost of courtship, to the current level of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0926


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