Male fiddler crabs defend multiple burrows to attract additional females

Brian Mautz, Tanya Detto, Bob Wong, Hanna Kokko, Michael Jennions, Patricia Backwell

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Males of many species defend resources to attract females. Surprisingly, defense of multiple female breeding sites (e. g., nests or burrows) appears to be rare, primarily reported in fish and birds. In fiddler crabs, burrows are a vital resource for reproduction and survival. Both sexes defend individual territories centered on a single burrow
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261 - 267
Number of pages7
JournalBehavioral Ecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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