Development of Behavior in Laboratory Reared Hermit Crabs
The behavior of glaucothoes and young crab stages of seven species of hermit crabs was observed when first placed with a gastropod shell and when first interacting with conspecific individuals. The individual movements or behavioral units which make up functional behavior patterns in these species usually were seen the first time conditions were appropriate for their execution. The coordination of these elements and the establishment of effective inter-individual communication appears to be a result of experience as well as of inherited factors.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 1965
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