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Density affects female and male mate searching in the fiddler crab, Uca beebei

deRivera, Catherine; Backwell, Patricia; Christy, John H; Vehrencamp, Sandra


In most species, only one sex searches for mates while the other waits. Models of sex-specific mate-searching behavior predict single-sex searching, but the factors that determine which sex searches are not understood. In this study, we examine the effects of density and predation risk on mate-searching behavior in the fiddler crab Uca beebei. U. beebei is one of the few fiddler-crab species in which both sexes search for mates. In a field experiment conducted in Panama, we manipulated crab...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology


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