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Dennenmoser, Stefan; Christy, John H.. 2013. The design of a beautiful weapon: compensation for opposing sexual selection on a trait with two functions. Evolution, 67(4): 1181-1188.

Lombardo, Roberto C.; Christy, John H.; Cipriani, Roberto. 2013. The false limpet Siphonaria gigas, a simultaneous hermaphrodite, lives in pairs in rock fissures on the Pacific coast of Panama. Marine Biology, 160(3): 729-735.

Brook O Swanson, Matthew N George, Stuart P Anderson and John H Christy. 2013. Evolutionary variation in the mechanics of fiddler crab claws. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 137


Kasatani, Asami, Wada, Keiji, Yusa, Yoichi and Christy, John H. 2012. Courtship tactics by male Ilyoplax pusilla (Brachyura, Dotillidae). Journal of Ethology, 30(1): 69-74.

Kerr, K. A., Christy, J. H., Collin, R. and F. Guichard. 2012. Reducing error in reproductive timing caused by temperature variation: interspecific differences in behavioural adjustment by fiddler crabs. Mar. Ecol. Pro. Ser. 459:1-16 doi: 10.3354/meps09832


Christy, J. H. 2011. Timing of hatching and release of larvae of brachyuran crabs: Patterns, adaptive significance and control. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51:62-72 doi:10.1093/icb/icr013

Christy, J. H. and D. Rittschof. 2011. Deception in visual and chemical communication in Crustaceans, pp 313-333. In: M. Thiel and T Breithaupt (eds.), Chemical Communication in Crustacea, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

López-Duarte, P. C, Christy, J. H. and R. A. Tankersley. 2011. A behavioral mechanism for dispersal in fiddler crab larvae (genus Uca) varies with adult habitat, not phylogeny. Limnology and Oceanography 56:1879-1892


Tae Won Kim, John H. Christy, Jade R. Rissanen, Pablo D. Ribeiro, Jae C. Choe. 2010. Effect of food addition on the reproductive intensity and timing of both sexes of an intertidal crab. Marine Ecology. Vol. 401: 183–194.


Robertson, D. R., J. H. Christy, R. Collin, R. G. Cooke, L. D’Croz, K. W. Kaufmann, S. Heckadon Moreno, J. L. Mate, A. O’Dea, and M. Torchin. 2009. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Marine research, education, and conservation in Panama. Smithsonian Contributions to Marine Sciences. 38: 73-93.

Kim, T. W., Christy J. H., Dennenmoser, S., Choe, J. 2009. The strength of a female mate preference increases with predation risk. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B. 276:775-780


Kim TW, John H. Christy, Choe JC. 2007. A Preference for a Sexual Signal Keeps Females Safe. PLoS ONE 2(5): e422

Christy, J. H. 2007. Predation and the reproductive behavior of fiddler crabs (genus Uca), pp. 211-231, In: Evolution of Social Behavior of Crustaceans (M. Thiel and J. E. Duffy, eds.) Oxford University Press: Oxford.


Christy, J. H. and P. R. Y. Backwell. 2006. Signaling safety: fiddler crab courtship. Wings: Essays on Invertebrate Conservation. 29(2):13-17.

Ribeiro, P., J. H. Christy, J. R. Rissanen and T. W. Kim. 2006. A male courtship signal attracts both sender and receiver. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61:81-89

Christy, J. H. and P. R. Y. Backwell. 2006. No preference for exaggerated courtship signals in a sensory trap. Animal Behaviour 71: 1239-1246.

Backwell. P.R.Y, Jennions, M. D., Wada, K, Murai, M and J. H. Christy. 2006. Synchronous waving in two species of fiddler crabs. Acta Ethologica 9:22-25


Kim, T. W., J. H. Christy and J. C. Choe. 2004. Semidome building as sexual signaling in the fiddler crab Uca lactea (Brachyura: Ocypodidae) Journal of Crustacean Biology 24:673-679.

Christy, J. H. 2004. How did the lizard get its horns? Science 305:1909.


Christy, J. H., P. R. Y. Backwell and U. Schober. 2003. Interspecific attractiveness of structures built by courting male fiddler crabs: experimental evidence of a sensory trap Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 53:84-91.

Christy, J. H., J. Baum and P. R. Y. Backwell. 2003. Attractiveness of sand hoods built by courting male fiddler crabs Uca musica: test of a sensory trap hypothesis. Anim. Behav. 66:89-94.

Jennions M.D., Backwell P.R.Y., Murai M., Christy J. H. 2003. How long should prey hide in response to a potential predator? Anim. Behav. 66: 251-257

deRivera, C. E., P. R. Y. Backwell, J. H. Christy and S. L. Vehrencamp. 2003. Density affects female and male mate searching in the fiddler crab Uca beebei. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 53:72-83.

Christy, J. H. 2003. Reproductive timing and larval dispersal of intertidal crabs: the predator avoidance hypothesis. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 76:177-185.


Christy, J. H., P. R. Y. Backwell, S. Goshima and T. Kreuter. 2002. Sexual selection for structure building by courting male fiddler crabs: an experimental study of behavioral mechanisms. Behav. Ecol. 13:366-374


Christy, J. H., P. R. Y. Backwell and S. Goshima. 2001. The design and production of a sexual signal: hoods and hood building by male fiddler crabs Uca musica. Behaviour 138:1065-1083.

Koga, T., P.R.Y. Backwell, J. H. Christy, M. Murai and E. Kasuya. 2001. Male biased predation of a fiddler crab. Anim. Behav. 62:201-207.


Backwell, P. R. Y, J. H. Christy, S. R. Telford, M. D. Jennions and N. I. Passmore. 2000 Dishonest signaling by a fiddler crab. Proc. Royal Soc. B. 267:1-6.

Gray, H. and J. H. Christy. 2000. Predation by the grapsid crab, Armases angustum, on the tadpoles of the green poison dart frog Dendrobates auratus Crustaceana. 78:1023-1025.


Backwell, P. R. Y., M. Jennions, J. H. Christy and N. I. Passmore. 1999. Female choice in the synchronously waving fiddler crab Uca annulipes. Ethology 105:415- 421.


Christy, J. H. and S. G. Morgan. 1998. Estuarine immigration by crab postlarvae: mechanisms, reliability and adaptive significance. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 174:51-65

Backwell, P. R. Y., P. O’Hara, and J. H. Christy. 1998. Shorebird foraging and estimating prey availability. Anim. Behav. 55:1659-1667.

Koga, T., P. R. Y. Backwell, M. D. Jennions, and J. H. Christy. 1998. Elevated predation risk changes mating behavior and courtship in a fiddler crab. Proc. Royal Soc. B. 265:1385-390.

Backwell, P. R. Y., M. Jennions, N. I. Passmore and J. H. Christy. 1998. Synchronized courtship in fiddler crabs. Nature 391: 31-32.

Christy, J. H., S. Goshima and T. J. Kreuter. 1998. Nemertean predation on the tropical fiddler crab Uca musica. Hydrobiologia 365:233-239.


Christy, J. H. 1997. Deception: the correct path to enlightenment? Trends Ecol. Evol. 12: 160.

Morgan, S. J. and J. H. Christy. 1997. Planktivorous fishes as selective agents for reproductive synchrony. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 209:89-101.


Morgan, S. J. and J. H. Christy. 1996. Survival of marine larvae under the countervailing selective pressures of photodamage and predation. Liminol. Oceanogr. 41:498-504.

Levinton, J. S., C. Strumbauer and J. H. Christy. 1996. Molecular data and biogeography: resolution of a controversy over evolutionary history of a pan-tropical group of invertebrates. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 203:117-131.

Strumbauer, C., J. S. Levinton and J. H. Christy. 1996. Molecular phylogeny of fiddler crabs: test of the hypothesis of increasing behavioral complexity in evolution. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 93:10855-10857.


Morgan, S. G. and J. H. Christy. 1995. Adaptive significance of the timing of larval release. Am. Nat. 145:457-479.

Christy, J. H. and P. R. Y. Backwell. 1995. The sensory exploitation hypothesis. Trends Ecol. Evol. 10:417.

Backwell, P. R. Y., M. D. Jennions, J. H. Christy and U. M. Schober. 1995. Pillar building in the fiddler crab Uca beebei: evidence for a condition-dependent ornament. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 36:185-192.

Christy, J. H. 1995. Mimicry, mate choice and the sensory trap hypothesis. Am. Nat. 146:171-181.


Morgan, S. G. and J. H. Christy. 1994. Plasticity, constraint and optimality in reproductive timing. Ecology 75(8):2185-2203

Christy, J. H. and U. M. Schober. 1994. A test for resource-defense mating in the fiddler crab Uca beebei. Anim. Behav. 48:795-802.


Schober, U. M. and J. H. Christy. 1993. Sand disposal of the painted ghost crab Ocypode gaudichaudii (Decapoda: Ocypodidae): a possible role in courtship. Marine Biology 116:53-60.


Christy, J. H. and M. Salmon. 1991. Comparative studies of reproductive behavior in mantis shrimps and fiddler crabs. Amer. Zool. 31:329-337.


Christy, J. H. 1989. Rapid development of megalopae of the fiddler crab Uca pugilator reared over sediment: Implications for models of larval recruitment. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 57(3):259-265.


Christy, J. H. 1988. Pillar function in the fiddler crab Uca beebei (I): Effects on male spacing and aggression. Ethology 78:53-71.

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