Location of volatile odor sources by ghost crabOcypode quadrata (Fabricius).


Journal Article

The ghost crab,Ocypode quadrata, was tested in the field for its ability to locate sources of volatile cues. The pure compound skatole, 3-methylindole, was a potent attractant. Crabs also located sources of complex odors such as dead fish,Lutjanus campechanus, dead mole crabs,Emerita talpoida; and peeled bananas. Ghost crabs possess concealed and reduced antennules that may not be the primary olfactory organs. Chemosensory hairs borne on the dactyls may be the primary detection system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wellins, CA; Rittschof, D; Wachowiak, M

Published Date

  • April 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 1161 - 1169

PubMed ID

  • 24272001

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24272001

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-1561

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0098-0331

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/bf01014819


  • eng