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Hiding behaviour in fiddler crabs: how long should prey hide in response to a potential predator?

Jennions, Michael; Backwell, Patricia; Murai, Minoru; Christy, John H

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Do predator-prey 'waiting games' where prey hide from potential predators have inherently unstable evolutionary outcomes, making it impossible to generate quantitative predictions about hiding times? Fiddler crabs, Uca lactea perplexa, respond to potential predators by retreating into their burrows. Time inside the burrow during unprovoked retreats during normal activity provides a 'null model' to test whether sex, tidal cycle and body size affect hiding time from potential predators. Using...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/88360
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1006/anbe.2003.2190

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