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Paternity analysis of two male mating tactics in the fiddler crab, Uca mjoebergi

Reaney, Leeann; Maurer, Golo; Backwell, Patricia; Linde, Celeste


The fiddler crab Uca mjoebergi mates both underground in male-defended burrows and on the surface near female-defended burrows. The reproductive tract of Uca species facilitates last-male precedence, suggesting that males that do not guard-mated females are likely to gain very little paternity if the female re-mates with another male. Here, we test the reproductive success of burrow and surface matings using paternity analysis. We found that 100 % of the females that mated in burrows extruded a...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-012-1349-9


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