2015
DOI: 10.1017/s0025315415001836
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Abstract: This study characterized shell occupation by two species of hermit crabs and analysed the occurrence of ectosymbionts on their shells, in a comparative way. The hermit crabsClibanarius antillensisandCalcinus tibicenwere selected for this comparative study because of their abundance and wide distributions. Specimens were collected manually during spring low tides every 2 months, from February 2011 to January 2012 in north-eastern Brazil (03°S), and in south-eastern Brazil (23°S). The populations showed differen… Show more

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“…Shell occupancy does not occur randomly, but is rather influenced by several factors, such as shell availability in nature, weight, size, shape and/or internal shell volume, suitability of shell size and shape, or even intra-and interspecific competition among hermit crabs (Martinelli and Mantelatto 1999;Mantelatto and Garcia 2000;Garcia and Mantelatto 2001;Meireles et al 2003;Dominciano and Mantelatto 2004;Mantelatto and Meireles 2004;Meireles and Mantelatto 2005;Biagi et al 2006b;Sant'Anna et al 2006a;Fransozo et al 2008). The presence of epibionts on shells is also a factor that may provide camouflage in combination with the substrate and influence the shell selection by hermit crabs (Martinelli and Mantelatto 1998; Ayres-Peres and Mantelatto 2010; Ribeiro et al 2015). Shell occupancy might also vary between sexes due to differential energy investment or differential growth, or even competition between sexes (Mantelatto and Martinelli 2001;Fantucci et al 2008).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Shell occupancy does not occur randomly, but is rather influenced by several factors, such as shell availability in nature, weight, size, shape and/or internal shell volume, suitability of shell size and shape, or even intra-and interspecific competition among hermit crabs (Martinelli and Mantelatto 1999;Mantelatto and Garcia 2000;Garcia and Mantelatto 2001;Meireles et al 2003;Dominciano and Mantelatto 2004;Mantelatto and Meireles 2004;Meireles and Mantelatto 2005;Biagi et al 2006b;Sant'Anna et al 2006a;Fransozo et al 2008). The presence of epibionts on shells is also a factor that may provide camouflage in combination with the substrate and influence the shell selection by hermit crabs (Martinelli and Mantelatto 1998; Ayres-Peres and Mantelatto 2010; Ribeiro et al 2015). Shell occupancy might also vary between sexes due to differential energy investment or differential growth, or even competition between sexes (Mantelatto and Martinelli 2001;Fantucci et al 2008).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%