Abstract

Male fiddler and ghost crabs are unique among the Crustacea in their use of acoustical signals to call females during the breeding season. This paper reviews what has been learned about the sound-producing mechanisms, signal characteristics, calling range, detection abilities and the behavioural responses of the crabs to the calls. Evidence is also presented to suggest that species differences in call structure are heritable. Recent studies indicate that differences in calling behaviour in the two groups can be related to burrow zonation and access to water, and are best conceived as representing a continuum of change rather than two (or more) distinct patterns. Finally, directions of future research are outlined which emphasise where needed experimental studies would be most appropriate.

 
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Short Form
Salmon, 1984, Aust. Mus. Mem. 18(5): 63–76
Author
Michael Salmon
Year
1984
Title
Acoustic "calling" by fiddler and ghost crabs
Serial Title
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume
18
Issue
5
Start Page
63
End Page
76
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1967.18.1984.372
Language
English
Date Published
31 March 1984
Cover Date
31 December 1983
ISSN
0067-1967
CODEN
AUNMA5
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA: DECAPODA
Digitized
09 September 2009
Reference Number
372
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