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Does male reproductive effort increase with age? Courtship in fiddler crabs

Hayes, Catherine; Booksmythe, Isobel; Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia


Theory suggests that reproductive effort generally increases with age, but life-history models indicate that other outcomes are possible. Empirical data are needed to quantify variation in actual age-dependence. Data are readily attainable for females (e.g. clutch per egg size), but not for males (e.g. courtship effort). To quantify male effort one must: (i) experimentally control for potential age-dependent changes in female presence; and, crucially, (ii) distinguish between the likelihood of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology Letters
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.1078


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