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Pair Formation in the Edible Crab (Decapoda, Brachyura)

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The European edible crab, Cancer pagurus, was investigated to determine whether there is a male-stimulating pheromone produced in the urine of pre-moult females. Bioassays were conducted by monitoring the gross behavioural response and the rate of heart beat of male subjects in the presence of samples of pre-moult female urine. In each case the results were negative, and offered no evidence for the production of a pheromone.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Marine Biology, University of Liverpool, Port Erin, Isle of Man, U.K.


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