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Female preferences for timing in a fiddler crab with synchronous courtship waving displays

Kahn, Andrew; Holman, Luke; Backwell, Patricia


Studies of sexual communication typically focus on the design and information content of a signal of interest, but the timing of signal production relative to nearby competitors can be crucial. Male fiddler crabs, Uca mjoebergi, court females with a stereotyped claw-waving display, and males are often observed waving in synchrony with nearby claw-waving males. Using female mate preference experiments with robots that imitate male claw waves, we found evidence that females are more attracted to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.09.028


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