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Hypotheses on proximate and ultimate factors influencing clustering in the tropical hermit crab Clibanarius laevimanus
Gherardi, F.; Vannini, M. (1992). Hypotheses on proximate and ultimate factors influencing clustering in the tropical hermit crab Clibanarius laevimanus. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 4(Suppl. 1): 17-22. dx.doi.org/10.1080/03949370.1992.10721940
In: Ethology Ecology and Evolution. University Press: Firenze. ISSN 0394-9370, more
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Keywords
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    mangrove swamp, clustering, hermit crabs

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  • Gherardi, F.
  • Vannini, M., more

Abstract
    Proximate and ultimate factors influencing clustering behaviour in the mangal-dwelling hermit crab Clibanarius laevimanus Buitendijk 1937 were studied in Kenya. First, a reasonable hypothesis to understand the homing performance of this species is menotactic or compass orientation towards the tidal current. Second, clustering may serve as a ''shell exchange market'' for those specimens who were wearing inappropriate shells.

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