Avoidance of post-coital cannibalism in the brachyurid paddle crab Ovalipes catharus


Sexual cannibalism was examined experimentally in the New Zealand paddle crab Ovalipes catharus, where it is the female that risks cannibalism during and after sexual activity. In this species copulation only occurs when the female is soft-shelled after moulting and she is most vulnerable to cannibalism. Male paddle crabs protect and copulate with the… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00328590


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