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Title: Physiological and whole-body correlates of contest behaviour in the hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus
Author: Mowles, Sophie Lilian
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 6018
Awarding Body: University of Plymouth
Current Institution: University of Plymouth
Date of Award: 2009
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The series of experiments that comprise this thesis used shell fights in the hermit crab Pagurus hernhardus as a model system to address the proximate physiological and whole-organism correlates of contest behaviour. These correlates of fighting ability rangec from the metal ions magnesium (Mg ) and calcium (Ca ), through respiratory pigments and muscular proteins to whole-organism performance capacities and behavioural syndromes. The work presented here thus demonstrates that a suite of physiological and whole organism variables influence contest behaviour in hermit crabs, and that both aerobic and performance capacities are very important in determining agonistic success.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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