Australian Museum Journal Acoustic "calling" by fiddler and ghost crabs

Shortform:
Salmon, 1984, Aust. Mus. Mem. 18(5): 63–76
Author(s):
Salmon, Michael
Year published:
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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Title page:
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Complete work:
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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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