Shell acquisition by hermit crabs: which tactic is more efficient?

@article{Tricarico2006ShellAB,
  title={Shell acquisition by hermit crabs: which tactic is more efficient?},
  author={Elena Tricarico and Francesca Gherardi},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={60},
  pages={492-500}
}
Gastropod shells are limited resources for most hermit crab species, acting as primary factors in various aspects of their biology. To investigate the efficacy of different behavioral tactics adopted for their acquisition (locomotion, attendance at shell-supplying sites, interactions with conspecifics in aggregation) we conducted observations and experiments at a salt marsh in New England (USA). Locomotion, fast and meandering, significantly increased the chances of encountering empty shells… Expand

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