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  • How male pea crabs might find females using pheromones
    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 14 June 2013 Size: 29 KB Referencing Hub media

    Male pea crabs need to work out which mussels contain females so they can avoid getting crushed by a closing mussel shell while searching for a mate. It is likely that males detect a pheromone that is released by females who are ready to mate. This chemical signal would guide the male crab to a mussel that contains a female.

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