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Fiddler Crab Claws: Good For Bling But Bad For Bang
2013-07-17 07:24:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from Gonzaga University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute reveals male fiddler crabs walk an evolutionary fine line between bling and bang. The study, published in Evolutionary Biology, finds that long light claws are better for attracting females (bling), but not for fighting (bang). Fiddler crabs are sexually dimorphic, with the males having one large and one small front claw while the females have two...

How Crabs Avoid Getting Eaten
2011-11-26 05:08:41

Despite their simple compound eyes crabs have evolved a smart way to tell the difference between friend and foe, new scientific research has revealed. Scientists from The Vision Centre have found that fiddler crabs quickly learn to recognize if an approaching creature is a threat, a mate or a harmless passer-by - according to its direction of approach. “Fiddler crabs have extremely poor sight, with no depth perception and no ability to see in detail,” says Ms Chloe...

2011-05-17 13:18:00

CINCINNATI, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UCA Holdings, Inc., the parent company of the TECT family of businesses, announced that Chairman and CEO Kenneth Glass received the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering & Applied Science Lifetime Achievement Award. The All-College Awards Banquet held on Friday, May 13, at the Hilton Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, recognized alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their alma mater and the organizations they have served...

2011-04-26 14:33:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UCA Holdings, Inc., the parent company of the TECT family of businesses, has named Roderic Hoover and David Nolletti to its board of directors. "The appointments of Roderic Hoover and David Nolletti to the UCA Holdings board of directors further demonstrates our commitment to management and governance excellence though industry expertise," said UCA Holdings Chairman and CEO Ken Glass. "Moreover, though privately held, we have adopted...

2011-04-18 11:49:56

Fiddler crabs would all end up as dinner for seagulls were it not for their sophisticated threat detection system, vision scientists have found. Researchers in The Vision Centre have announced an important advance in understanding how simple animals distinguish between threats and non-threats by looking for a combination of visual cues. "These crabs can't distinguish shapes and must constantly compete with birds that are bigger and have sharper sight," says Dr Jan Hemmi from the ARC Centre of...

2009-11-18 09:06:00

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Fortify Infrastructure Services, (Fortify) a leading provider of IT services, announced its acquisition of New Jersey-based UCA Services, Inc., (UCA), a Managed Services provider offering Data Center and System Management Services. In acquiring UCA, Fortify strengthens its capabilities and expertise in its fast-growing IT Infrastructure Services practice. Founded in 2003, UCA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NetFabrics Holdings, Inc., with...

2009-11-05 06:50:00

Male Fiddler Crabs will quite happily protect a female neighbor, but do so partly in exchange for sex, according to a new study from The Australian National University. The study by Richard Milner, Professor Michael Jennions and team leader Dr Patricia Backwell of the Research School of Biology at ANU looked at how female fiddler crabs "“ without the large claw that the males are armed with "“ go about protecting their territories. The results of the study are published in Biology...

2005-08-03 15:20:00

California fiddler crabs may be among the world's pickiest animal when it comes to selecting a mate. A study conducted by a biologist at the University of California, San Diego that appears in the August issue of the journal Animal Behaviour found that females of the species Uca crenulata may check out 100 or more male fiddler crabs and their burrows before finally deciding on a mate. "As far as I know, no other species has been observed sampling nearly as many candidates as the California...

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