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Handedness in fiddler crab fights

Perez, Daniela; Heatwole, Siobhan; Morrell, Lesley; Backwell, Patricia


Asymmetric weapons are common in bilateral animals and, in some species, they can occur on either the left- or the right-hand side of the body (lateralization). Fiddler crabs (Uca spp, Decapoda: Ocypodidae) have an enlarged claw that is used in male–male combat over territories and in courtship displays. Males can be either right- or left-handed, and most species have a 1:1 ratio. Past studies have found little effect of handedness on fighting success, fight duration or other measures of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.09.012


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