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A conspicuous courtship signal in the fiddler crab Uca perplexa : female choice based on display structure

Murai, Minoru; Backwell, Patricia


The fiddler crab Uca perplexa has a conspicuous male courtship signal that is directed at females to attract them to the male's burrow for mating. The signal involves waving the unflexed large claw up and down. To determine whether the spatiotemporal structure of the wave is under selection by female choice, we examined whether females had a preference for any particular features of the wave. Females respond to a waving display by either visiting the male's burrow entrance or by electing to...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-006-0217-x


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