Interspecific attractiveness of structures built by courting male fiddler crabs: experimental evidence of a sensory trap

@article{Christy2002InterspecificAO,
  title={Interspecific attractiveness of structures built by courting male fiddler crabs: experimental evidence of a sensory trap},
  author={John H. Christy and Patricia R. Y. Backwell and Ursula Schober},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2002},
  volume={53},
  pages={84-91}
}
Male fiddler crabs Uca musica sometimes build sand hoods and male Uca beebei sometimes build mud pillars next to their burrows to which they attract females for mating. Mate-searching females preferentially approach these structures and subsequently mate with structure builders. Here we show that the preference for structures is not species-specific and argue that it may not have evolved for mate choice. When not near burrows, many species of fiddler crabs approach and temporarily hide near… CONTINUE READING
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