Calcium-bearing objects elicit shell selection behavior in a hermit crab.

Abstract

Hermit crabs explore empty gastropod shells by touching, rolling, and probing them before choosing one for a home. This component of shell selection behavior was examined in Pagurus hirsutiusculus hirsutiusculus (Dana) with binary choice tests between natural shells and accurate replicas of the shells with different chemical compositions. The results show… (More)

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@article{Mesce1982CalciumbearingOE, title={Calcium-bearing objects elicit shell selection behavior in a hermit crab.}, author={Karen A. Mesce}, journal={Science}, year={1982}, volume={215 4535}, pages={993-5} }