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Study: Fiddler crabs exchange sex for survival
AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/4/09 | Kristen Gelineau - ap

Posted on 11/04/2009 1:07:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge

SYDNEY – In the world of fiddler crabs, the best form of protection for females is, apparently, having sex with the neighbors, according to an Australian study published Wednesday.

Researchers from The Australian National University in Canberra found male fiddler crabs will happily defend a nearby female against intruders — partly because the females will dole out sex in return.

"The fact that the neighbor comes over and helps to defend another territorial individual is pretty unusual," said Michael Jennions, who helped conduct the study, the results of which were published in the journal Biology Letters.

"This study shows, for the first time, that in exchange for sex and other benefits, males protect their female neighbors from territory-seeking male intruders. The paper provides the first evidence of 'defense coalitions' between territorial males and females," he said.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: crabs; fiddler; sex; survival

1 posted on 11/04/2009 1:07:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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2 posted on 11/04/2009 1:09:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well of course, they survive by fiddling around wih each other.


3 posted on 11/04/2009 1:11:09 PM PST by dblshot
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To: NormsRevenge

sort of like for Philly’s world series tickets, right?


4 posted on 11/04/2009 1:11:23 PM PST by Perdogg (Sarah Palin-Jim DeMint 2012 - Liz Cheney for Sec of State - Duncan Hunter SecDef)
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hence where the term ‘fiddling around’ comes from.


5 posted on 11/04/2009 1:11:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: Perdogg

nature is strange sometimes.. lol


6 posted on 11/04/2009 1:12:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good fishing bait too....


7 posted on 11/04/2009 1:15:01 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: NormsRevenge
Trying to figure out the headline...


8 posted on 11/04/2009 1:15:47 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: NormsRevenge

They better be careful, or they could catch a bad case of peoples.


9 posted on 11/04/2009 1:16:22 PM PST by skully (Sorry I didn't know Marxism was a race!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

So, crabs are middle-aged American husbands?


10 posted on 11/04/2009 1:17:26 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: NormsRevenge

Surprised MSM didn’t have headline: Fiddler Crabs: Friends with Benefits


11 posted on 11/04/2009 1:18:07 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: freedumb2003

lol I just post ‘em.. this title leaves a lot to the imagination.


12 posted on 11/04/2009 1:18:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: NormsRevenge

it would have to be a VERY generous favor for one of those things to get anywhere with me!


13 posted on 11/04/2009 1:19:01 PM PST by MNDude (The Republican Congress Economy--1995-2007)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds familiar.


14 posted on 11/04/2009 1:19:43 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: skully

Post of the day!


15 posted on 11/04/2009 1:19:59 PM PST by Buck W.
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To: NormsRevenge
hence where the term ‘fiddling around’ comes from.

Friends with Benefits comes to mind.

16 posted on 11/04/2009 1:20:18 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: NormsRevenge

bookmark


17 posted on 11/04/2009 1:21:25 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: NormsRevenge

From the size of that right claw on some of the boyz, they don’t seem to be making many house-calls. :)


18 posted on 11/04/2009 1:21:56 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s a winner, for sure! :)


19 posted on 11/04/2009 1:23:21 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: NormsRevenge

Why not just dole out the sex to the intruder, then one doesn’t need the neighbor?


20 posted on 11/04/2009 1:24:19 PM PST by PGR88
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To: skully

LOL!


21 posted on 11/04/2009 1:24:59 PM PST by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: PGR88

Ever get a whiff of SpongeBob Squarepant’s breath?


22 posted on 11/04/2009 1:27:58 PM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: PGR88

Ever get a whiff of SpongeBob Squarepant’s breath?


23 posted on 11/04/2009 1:29:09 PM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t we all?


24 posted on 11/04/2009 1:40:58 PM PST by svcw (The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. GW)
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To: NormsRevenge

Perhaps Dear Leader could make one of the kiddy-fiddler crabs the next Green Jobs czar.


25 posted on 11/04/2009 1:41:57 PM PST by jlaughlin
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To: NormsRevenge

Study: Fiddler crabs exchange sex for survival

  

Yeah, well... Fruit Bats have it even better.

 
Fruit bats use oral sex to prolong the deed
 
(I went searching for the FR thread. Not surprisingly... I think it got pulled.)


26 posted on 11/04/2009 2:21:16 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: NormsRevenge

One of the stupidest stories ever.

In the wild...You eat, you reproduce.


27 posted on 11/04/2009 2:30:27 PM PST by TASMANIANRED
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like fair dinkum to me.


28 posted on 11/04/2009 2:32:49 PM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bumper sticker- “fiddler crabs have sex in a pinch”


29 posted on 11/04/2009 3:25:39 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: NormsRevenge; martin_fierro; JoeProBono

probably there’s an epidemic of fiddler crab crabs, what with all this crustacean promiscuity.


30 posted on 11/04/2009 4:15:20 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2378538/posts


31 posted on 11/04/2009 6:11:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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