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Visually mediated species and neighbour recognition in fiddler crabs ( Uca mjoebergi and Uca capricornis )

Detto, Tanya; Backwell, Patricia; Hemmi, Jan; Zeil, Jochen

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Mating signals are often directed at numerous senses and provide information about species identity, gender, receptiveness, individual identity and mate quality. Given the diversity of colourful body patterns in invertebrates, surprisingly few studies have examined the role of these visual signals in mate recognition. Here, we demonstrate the use of claw coloration as a species recognition signal in a fiddler crab (Uca mjoebergi). Furthermore, we show that distinct carapace colour patterns in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/84913
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2006.3503

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