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Scientists find fiddler crabs will exchange favours for sex
news ^ | November 05, 2009 | Brian Williams

Posted on 11/04/2009 11:26:31 AM PST by JoeProBono

SCIENTISTS have found that - just like some people - fiddler crabs will exchange favours for sex. Male crabs will protect a female neighbour but do so partly in exchange for sex. Australian National University researchers Richard Milner, Michael Jennions and Patricia Blackwell in a study published in Biology Letters looked at how female crabs - those without the large claw - go about protecting their territories, The Courier-Mail reports.

They found sexual offerings lead to neighbourhood coalitions, where a male crab protected females from homeless males seeking territory. The males' giant claw is the largest weapon relative to body size in the animal kingdom. Females have two small feeding claws.

Prof Jennions said stroppy males had evolved with one huge claw which was used for luring females and fighting.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: anotherstudy; crabs; jpb; sex


1 posted on 11/04/2009 11:26:31 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Crabs and sex... reminds me of college.


2 posted on 11/04/2009 11:28:16 AM PST by IronKros (The pig put foot. Grunt. Foot in what? ketchup)
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To: JoeProBono

3 posted on 11/04/2009 11:28:27 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Lol. Where in the hell do these type of studies get their funding?

Nevermind, I just looked at my paycheck and saw the deduction.
4 posted on 11/04/2009 11:28:30 AM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: JoeProBono

Is that a bulge in your claw or are you just happy to see me?


5 posted on 11/04/2009 11:30:32 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: IronKros

6 posted on 11/04/2009 11:30:33 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I expect humans will do this too. Any research?


7 posted on 11/04/2009 11:30:45 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: JoeProBono

I should’a learned to play the guitar,
should’a learned to play them drums...


8 posted on 11/04/2009 11:32:15 AM PST by stormer
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To: JoeProBono

Interesting - and I know people who have exchanged sex and got crabs.


9 posted on 11/04/2009 11:33:07 AM PST by PGR88
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To: JoeProBono

What, you mean it’s not all an invetnon of the evil patriarchy and we didn’t all live happily in androgynous tribes before capitalism was invented? :)


10 posted on 11/04/2009 11:34:43 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("If you cannot pick it up and run with it, you don't really own it." -- Robert Heinlein)
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To: JoeProBono
just like some people - fiddler crabs will exchange favours for sex.

Only some people? What do you call marriage?

11 posted on 11/04/2009 11:35:34 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: PGR88

“and I know people who have exchanged sex and got crabs.”....

DING! DING! DING!....We have a winner!


12 posted on 11/04/2009 11:37:01 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Steelfish

13 posted on 11/04/2009 11:37:12 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I wonder just how they discovered this?


14 posted on 11/04/2009 11:54:54 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: JoeProBono

Sleazy crab ladies taste better, they come already buttered....With comments like that, I had better scuttle quietly away.


15 posted on 11/04/2009 11:56:51 AM PST by dog breath
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To: IronKros

Wonder what kind of organ they use?


16 posted on 11/04/2009 12:01:52 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: JoeProBono

So the neighborhood stud crab sees to the needs of all the desperate housewife crabs... Hmmmmm


17 posted on 11/04/2009 12:01:52 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: All

Well, you know what this means.

Because they found an animal in nature that does this, this means prostitution must be a “natural” act for humans.

I mean, isn’t that the same, lame argument to justify homosexuality?


18 posted on 11/04/2009 12:03:18 PM PST by Sister_T (Stealing from the rich to give to the poor is still stealing ... Exodus 20:15)
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To: JoeProBono

“...just like some people - fiddler crabs will exchange favours for sex. Male crabs will protect a female neighbour but do so partly in exchange for sex.”

Humans call this “marriage”.


19 posted on 11/04/2009 12:04:57 PM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: KoRn

20 posted on 11/04/2009 12:05:42 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: BP2

21 posted on 11/04/2009 12:08:12 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: KoRn; a fool in paradise
I wonder just how they discovered this?

Those bio labs can get lonely at night...

22 posted on 11/04/2009 12:08:20 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("When France chides you for appeasement, you know you're scraping bottom." --Charles Krauthammer)
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To: JoeProBono

Horseshoe crab. And, man, that tail really hurts if you stub your toe on it while running down the beach!


23 posted on 11/04/2009 12:10:53 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Steelfish

I suspect some human males would protect a whole street if they had the chance......


24 posted on 11/04/2009 12:11:13 PM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: Sister_T
Because they found an animal in nature that does this, this means prostitution must be a “natural” act for humans.

Well, I guess it really is the oldest profession.
25 posted on 11/04/2009 12:11:49 PM PST by IronKros (The pig put foot. Grunt. Foot in what? ketchup)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

So when people get crabs from sex, there is still a courting dance?

Did they roll this into the study into the sex lives of freshman college females?


26 posted on 11/04/2009 12:12:41 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: JoeProBono

27 posted on 11/04/2009 12:14:11 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: a fool in paradise
So when people get crabs from sex, there is still a courting dance?

Someone has probably already asked this, but do crabs get people from sex?

28 posted on 11/04/2009 12:16:08 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: JoeProBono

Took me almost 70 years to figure out I am a fiddler crab.


29 posted on 11/04/2009 12:18:29 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Vendome
Wonder what kind of organ they use?

I imagine that it hurts at first.

30 posted on 11/04/2009 12:18:47 PM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: from occupied ga

31 posted on 11/04/2009 12:21:15 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

You know what the female crabs say, “You can tell from the size of their claw.”


32 posted on 11/04/2009 12:21:40 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: JoeProBono

33 posted on 11/04/2009 2:58:16 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Knitebane

;-)


34 posted on 11/04/2009 3:42:56 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This struggle was captured by von Stuck with his famous painting “Two Male Crabs Fighting Over a Female Crab”.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2378621/posts


35 posted on 11/04/2009 6:12:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: JoeProBono

Wonder if they roll over and go to sleep afterwards!!!


36 posted on 11/04/2009 6:14:11 PM PST by longhorn too
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To: longhorn too

37 posted on 11/04/2009 7:47:30 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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