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Female choice over short and long distances: neighbour effects

Callander, Sophia; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


Fiddler crabs live at high densities and mate-searching females encounter many males at varying distances. Who is the ideal neighbour for a male? There could be a trade-off if having neighbours that invest more in sexual signals increases the rate at which females initially move towards a focal male, but thereafter decrease the likelihood that he is chosen rather than his neighbour. We used robotic crabs to test whether female choice for focal males (identical claw size/courtship wave rate)...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-011-1216-0


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