Predation-reproduction conflict resolution in the hermit crab, Clibanarius vittatus


Journal Article

Activities associated with courtship are often in conflict with avoiding elevated predation risk. In polygamous species with temporally restricted mating seasons, males should be less responsive to interruption of courtship by detection of elevated predation risk compared to females. We tested this prediction with the hermit crab Clibanarius vittatus. Courting males continued to execute pre-copulatory behavior patterns when exposed to predator odors. However, in the presence of predator odors, fewer pairs were established. Exposing previously paired males and females to predator cues showed that males were unaffected in their motivation to form pairs, whereas females were no longer attractive to males following exposure to predator cues.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hazlett, BA; Rittschof, D

Published Date

  • October 9, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 106 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 811 - 818

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0179-1613

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1046/j.1439-0310.2000.00604.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus