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Comparison shopping: detectability and mate preferences in a fiddler crab

Peso, Marianne; Telford, Lisa; Backwell, Patricia


Females commonly exhibit mating preferences when they are allowed to choose between two alternative courtship signals. However, they also commonly approach any courtship signal when presented on its own (no-choice experiments). This could have consequences for male and female fitness. Males with nonpreferred stimuli may successfully attract females if they are, fortuitously, far enough away from competing males to prevent direct comparison. In the banana fiddler crab, Uca mjoebergi, we show,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.11.021


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