Ecology and evolution of agonistic behavior in stomatopods

  title={Ecology and evolution of agonistic behavior in stomatopods},
  author={Roy L. Caldwell and Hugh Dingle},
Stomatopods are marine crustacea which occupy cavities and burrows on most of the world's tropical reefs and beaches. They are highly aggressive and defend their burrows using a raptorial appendage capable of inflicting lethal blows. Morphologically, the raptorial appendages of stomatopods can be divided into two types, spearing and smashing. Those species possessing the smashing appendage, which is the more potent of the two forms, show heavier telson armor, agonistic repertoires which are… 

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