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No preference for exaggerated courtship signals in a sensory trap

Christy, John H; Backwell, Patricia


Courting male fiddler crabs, Uca terpsichores, construct unusually large sand hoods at the entrances to their burrows to which they attract females for mating. Females sequentially visit several courting males before they stay with one and mate in his burrow, and they preferentially approach burrows with hoods. While moving between burrows, crabs are at risk of predation by birds and they sometimes run to objects that provide temporary cover. Thus, the female preference for burrows with hoods...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2005.11.008


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