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Fighting over burrows : the emergence of dominance hierarchies in the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) (2017)
Journal Article
Sbragaglia, V., Leiva, D., Arias, A., Antonio García, J., Garcia, J. A., Aguzzi, J., & Breithaupt, T. (2017). Fighting over burrows : the emergence of dominance hierarchies in the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus). The journal of experimental biology, 220(24), 4624-4633. doi:10.1242/jeb.165969

Animals fight over resources such as mating partners, territory, food or shelter and repeated contests lead to stable social hierarchies in different phyla. The group dynamics of hierarchy formation are not characterized in the Norway lobsters (Nephr... Read More

Sensitivity of Pagurus bernhardus (L.) to substrate-borne vibration and anthropogenic noise (2015)
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Roberts, L., Cheesman, S., Elliott, M., & Breithaupt, T. (2016). Sensitivity of Pagurus bernhardus (L.) to substrate-borne vibration and anthropogenic noise. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, 474, (185-194). doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2015.09.014. ISSN 0022-0981

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. Despite the prevalence of vibration produced by anthropogenic activities impacting the seabed there are few data and little information as to whether these are detected by crustaceans and whether they interfere with their behavio... Read More

Sensitivity of the mussel Mytilus edulis to substrate‑borne vibration in relation to anthropogenically generated noise (2015)
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Breithaupt, T., Elliott, M., Roberts, L., & Cheesman, S. (2015). Sensitivity of the mussel Mytilus edulis to substrate‑borne vibration in relation to anthropogenically generated noise. Marine ecology progress series, 538, (185-195). doi:10.3354/meps11468. ISSN 0171-8630

© 2015 Inter-Research. Many anthropogenic activities in the oceans involve direct contact with the seabed (for example pile driving), creating radiating particle motion waves. However, the consequences of these waveforms to marine organisms are large... Read More

The fecal odor of sick hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) mediates olfactory attraction of the tick Ixodes hexagonus (2011)
Journal Article
Bunnell, T., Hanisch, K., Hardege, J. D., & Breithaupt, T. (2011). The fecal odor of sick hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) mediates olfactory attraction of the tick Ixodes hexagonus. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 37(4), (340-347). doi:10.1007/s10886-011-9936-1. ISSN 0098-0331

Parasite loads of animals vary among individuals, but the underlying mechanisms have not been fully identified. Here, we investigated whether health status of hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) is correlated with tick burden, and whether chemical cues l... Read More

Interpreting odours in hermit crabs: A comparative study (2010)
Journal Article
Tricarico, E., Breithaupt, T., & Gherardi, F. (2011). Interpreting odours in hermit crabs: A comparative study. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 91(2), (211-215). doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2010.10.039. ISSN 0272-7714

Odours of different sources can indicate to hermit crabs the availability of empty shells, crucial resources for the life cycle of almost all of them. Here, we compared Clibanarius erythropus and Pagurus bernhardus for the intensity of investigative... Read More

To signal or not to signal? Chemical communication by urine-borne signals mirrors sexual conflict in crayfish (2010)
Journal Article
Breithaupt, T., & Berry, F. C. (2010). To signal or not to signal? Chemical communication by urine-borne signals mirrors sexual conflict in crayfish. BMC biology, 8, doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-25

Background: Sexual selection theory predicts that females, being the limiting sex, invest less in courtship signals than males. However, when chemical signals are involved it is often the female that initiates mating by producing stimuli that inform... Read More

Maintenance of dominance is mediated by urinary chemical signals in male European lobsters, Homarus gammarus (2009)
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Hallberg, E., Skog, M., Chandrapavan, A., & Breithaupt, T. (2009). Maintenance of dominance is mediated by urinary chemical signals in male European lobsters, Homarus gammarus. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 42(2), 119-133. doi:10.1080/10236240902833729

We studied the relevance of urine cues in Homarus gammarus dominance maintenance, hypothesising that urinary signals are necessary to mediate recognition of former opponents. Males in size-matched pairs interacted on two consecutive days with or with... Read More

Sexual and aggressive interactions in a mixed species group of lobsters Homarus gammarus and H. americanus (2008)
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van der Meeren, G. I., Chandrapavan, A., & Breithaupt, T. (2008). Sexual and aggressive interactions in a mixed species group of lobsters Homarus gammarus and H. americanus. Aquatic Biology, 2(2), 191-200. doi:10.3354/ab00050

The introduction of non-native populations can have dramatic effects on the native fauna as a result of interbreeding and aggressive interference between closely related species. This study investigates if female European lobsters Homarus gammarus wo... Read More

Development of behavioural and physiological assays to assess discrimination of male and female odours in crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus (2008)
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Berry, F. C., & Breithaupt, T. (2008). Development of behavioural and physiological assays to assess discrimination of male and female odours in crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus. Behaviour, 145(10), 1427-1446. doi:10.1163/156853908785765845

Many aquatic organisms use chemical signals to coordinate courtship. However, relatively few water-borne pheromones have been identified. A key obstacle hindering progress in the purification of crustacean pheromones has been the development of relia... Read More

Fighting behaviour and the role of urinary signals in dominance assessment of Norway lobsters, Nephrops norvegicus (2008)
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Breithaupt, T., Johnson, M., & Katoh, E. (2008). Fighting behaviour and the role of urinary signals in dominance assessment of Norway lobsters, Nephrops norvegicus. Behaviour, 145(10), (1447-1464). doi:10.1163/156853908785765917. ISSN 0005-7959

Norway lobsters, Nephrops norvegicus, live on the bottom of the continental shelf where they construct and defend burrows. Little is known about their agonistic behaviour and potential mechanisms of dominance. This paper investigates fighting behavio... Read More

Sex-specific mediation of foraging in the shore crab, Carcinus maenas (2007)
Journal Article
Hayden, D., Jennings, A., Müller, C., Pascoe, D., Bublitz, R., Webb, H., …Hardege, J. (2007). Sex-specific mediation of foraging in the shore crab, Carcinus maenas. Hormones and Behavior, 52(2), (162-168). doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2007.03.004. ISSN 0018-506X

Experiments were conducted to investigate the sex-specific differences to feeding responses of the shore crab Carcinus maenas throughout the year. Results demonstrate that female shore crabs exhibit stronger feeding responses than males throughout th... Read More

Exposure of benthic invertebrates to sediment vibration: From laboratory experiments to outdoor simulated pile-driving
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Harding, H. R., Voellmy, I., Simpson, S. D., Radford, A. N., Breithaupt, T., Elliott, M., …Voellmy, I. K. Exposure of benthic invertebrates to sediment vibration: From laboratory experiments to outdoor simulated pile-driving

Activities directly interacting with the seabed, such as pile-driving, can produce vibrations that have the potential to impact benthic invertebrates within their vicinity. This stimuli may interfere with crucial behaviors such as foraging and predat... Read More