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Interspecific Shell Fighting in Three Sympatric Species of Hermit Crabs in Hawaii

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Title:Interspecific Shell Fighting in Three Sympatric Species of Hermit Crabs in Hawaii
Authors:Hazlett, Brian A.
Date Issued:Oct 1970
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Hazlett BA. 1970. Interspecific shell fighting in three sympatric species of hermit crabs in Hawaii. Pac Sci 24(4): 472-482.
Abstract:Interspecific competition is often difficult
to measure due to the lack of a definitive limiting
factor for the two (or more) species. The
gastropod shell inhabited by a hermit crab represents
a very discrete, definable portion of the
ecological needs of every animal. A hermit crab
must have protection for its soft abdomen or it
will rather quickly be eaten. In addition, the
ritualized shell fighting behavior patterns of
hermit crabs (Hazlett, 1966a, 1966b, 1967)
offer an easily observed specific behavioral parameter
which reflects the extent of interspecific
vs. intraspecific competition for this ecological
factor.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/6125
ISSN:0030-8870
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 24, Number 4, 1970


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