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Título: Visual ecology of the fiddler crab, Uca tangeri: Effects of sex,viewer and background on conspicuousness
Autor: Cummmings, Molly E.
Cronin, Thomas W.
Jordão, Joana
Oliveira, Rui Filipe
Palavras-chave: Avian vision
Fiddler crab
Visual ecology
Uca tangeri
Data: 2008
Editora: Elsevier
Citação: Animal Behaviour, 2008, 75, 175-188
Resumo: We investigated the visual ecology of the coloration of the eastern Atlantic fiddler crab, Uca tangeri, with particular attention to predator (e.g. avian) and conspecific vision. Spectral reflectance measurements were made on different body parts used in possible intraspecific communication as well as background habitats including crab-made materials (e.g. mudballs). Avian-based and crab-based visual models were used to obtain different estimates of crab conspicuousness to potential predators and conspecifics. We found that male body parts (except for dorsal carapace) were significantly more conspicuous to conspecific viewers than female equivalent body parts, and showed greater within-body contrast estimates. Moreover, male major claw areas differed in reflectance properties, producing variation in conspicuousness that fit signalling predictions: areas visible during claw-waving events were most conspicuous against the background sky, whereas areas visible in nonwaving positions were more conspicuous against substrate backgrounds. For avian vision, sexually dimorphic coloration results in males being generally more conspicuous than females (in terms of brightness contrast) against all backgrounds, however, there was no sexual dimorphic conspicuousness of carapace coloration. Furthermore, one of the most conspicuous features of both male and female crabs is an area that is likely to be more visible to crabs (mouthparts) than to avian predators from above. While conspicuousness varies with background, the most conspicuous background for male signalling parts (major claw) is dark mudballs, suggesting that males may increase the conspicuousness of their signals by modifying their signalling environment.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.12/1265
ISSN: 0003-3472
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