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ABSTRACT Lagoon crabs, Cardisoma armatum Herklots, collected from a mangrove swamp area near the small fishing village of Dzita about 200 km from Accra, Ghana, were maintained in the laboratory for a three-month period during which their mating behavior was observed. Females found mating were intermolts. For easier observation, crabs were not provided with soil in their holding tanks. Water was provided in small bowls which were visited by the crabs periodically. Courtship in the crab was not prolonged and consisted of appeasement displays and nonaggressive postures. Vision and chemoreception appear to play important roles during interactions between a male and a female, although the details of neither mechanism were fully investigated.


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