Fiddler crabs: current projects

Female fiddler crabs

Description

We currently work on many aspects of the natural (field-based) behaviour of fiddlers.

The projects we are conducting cover many questions. Some of the following are examples:

  • How and why to male neighbours help each other?
  • How can we use robotic technology to investigate animal behaviour?
  • How is climate change affecting fiddler crabs?
  • Can females compensate for increased temperatures by changing their behaviours?
  • Is there forced mating in fiddler crabs? Can females avoid it?
  • How complex can behaviours be when an animal has a minute brain and a v ery simple nervous system?
  • Is it neccessary to evoke 'good genes' to explain female mating preferences?

Updated:  27 April 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director RSB/Page Contact:  Webmaster RSB