Evidence for Use of Chemical Cues by Male Horseshoe Crabs When Locating Nesting Females (Limulus polyphemus)

@article{Hassler2001EvidenceFU,
  title={Evidence for Use of Chemical Cues by Male Horseshoe Crabs When Locating Nesting Females (Limulus polyphemus)},
  author={Cynthia Hassler and Hans-Christian Brockmann},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2001},
  volume={27},
  pages={2319-2335}
}
Horseshoe crabs come ashore in attached pairs during spring high tides to mate and nest on beaches of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Unattached males also come ashore and crowd around the nesting pairs as satellites and engage in sperm competition with the attached male. Females with no satellites and females with large numbers of satellites nest next to one another on the same tide. When females are removed and replaced by a cement model, satellite males continue to be attracted to the same… CONTINUE READING

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