Behavior and the Crustacean Molt Cycle: Changes in Aggression of Homarus americanus

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Science  07 Apr 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4337, pp. 79-81
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4337.79


The phase of the molt cycle affects dominance status and the performance of agonistic acts in individual juvenile lobsters (Homarus americanus). Lobsters in the midphase of proecdysis are more aggressive than those in intermolt; the latter are more aggressive than lobsters in early or late proecdysis and those in postecdysis.