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Aspects of population ecology in two populations of fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax
Bergey, L.L.; Weis, J.S. (2008). Aspects of population ecology in two populations of fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 154(3): 435-442. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-008-0935-x
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162; e-ISSN 1432-1793, more
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  • Bergey, L.L.
  • Weis, J.S.

Abstract
    Fiddler crabs, Uca pugnax, were collected from a highly contaminated site and a relatively clean site, both in New Jersey to determine if and how environments with varying levels of pollutants may impact aspects of population biology including individual size, morphology (major cheliped size), population density, fecundity, recruitment and survivorship of early benthic phases. Crabs from the highly contaminated site were significantly larger in size, but had lower population density, lower recruitment, reduced reproductive season and lower survivorship of early benthic phases. Our study suggests that contamination may play a role in population ecology of U. pugnax. This study also determined that the reproductive season for U. pugnax in New Jersey is much longer than reported in the literature and could potentially be impacted by global climate change.

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