Communication and Perception
Callinectes sapidus is both colorful and highly visually responsive, yet almost all studies of their courtship have focused on chemical cues. In the underwater environment of C. sapidus, visual cues may function more rapidly and over a longer distance than chemical cues. Given that C. sapidus is aggressive and cannibalistic, visual cues may allow them to quickly evaluate potential mates from safer distances. The crabs will use color vision and color in mate choice with males having a preference for females with red claw dactyls.
Communication Channels: visual ; tactile ; chemical
Perception Channels: visual ; tactile ; chemical
- Baldwin, J., S. Johnson. 2009. The importance of color in mate choice of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212: 3762-3768. Accessed June 22, 2011 at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19880739.