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1 August 2009 Social Monogamy in A Fiddler Crab, UCA capricornis
Tanya Detto, Patricia R. Y. Backwell
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Fiddler crabs are generally considered polygamous as they tend to live in dense mixed sex colonies with numerous neighbours and individually defended territories. We show that the Australian fiddler crab, Uca capricornis, is socially monogamous based on behavioural experiments and observations of neighbouring males and females. The unusual relationship between neighbouring males and females in U. capricornis is selected for and maintained by intrasexual aggression and the ability to recognise and defend their partner.

Tanya Detto and Patricia R. Y. Backwell "Social Monogamy in A Fiddler Crab, UCA capricornis," Journal of Crustacean Biology 29(3), 283-289, (1 August 2009). https://doi.org/10.1651/08-3126.1
Received: 24 November 2008; Accepted: 1 December 2008; Published: 1 August 2009
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fiddler crabs
Pair bond
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