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Non-independent mate choice in a fiddler crab: a case of stimulus enhancement

Milner, Richard; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


Non-independent mate selection occurs when the choice behavior of a female is altered by the interactions between other females and males. In the fiddler crab Uca mjoebergi, males court mate-searching females by waving their one greatly enlarged claw. When a female approaches a male, he initiates high-intensity waving. We conducted one natural mate choice experiment and two mate choice experiments using custom-built robotic crabs. We show that the decision of one female to approach a group of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-011-1152-z


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