Filial cannibalism by mouthbrooding males of the cardinal fish,Apogon doederleini, in relation to their physical condition
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
Paternal brood cannibalism was observed in a population ofApogon doederleini in Shikoku Island, Japan. Of 361 egg masses mouthbrooded by males, 47 disappeared within a day of spawning. A stomach check with a syringe ascertained that they had been consumed by the males. The frequency of this cannibalism increased as the breeding season advanced. As males completed 4–7 breeding cycles in a breeding season and spent 80% of the time mouthbrooding without taking ordinary food, their physical condition deteriorated greatly late in the breeding season. We concluded that parental physical condition is an important factor in the occurrence of brood cannibalism.
Barbieri, L.R., R.P. dos Santos & J.V. Andreata, 1992. Reproductive biology of the marine catfish, Genidens genidens (Siluriformes, Ariidae), in the Jacarepaguá Lagoon system, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Env. Biol. Fish. 35: 23–35.
Belles-Isles, J.-C. & G.J. FitzGerald, 1991. Filial cannibalism in sticklebacks: a reproductive management strategy? Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 3: 49–62.
Blumer, L.S., 1979. Male parental care in the bony fishes. Quart. Rev. Biol. 54: 149–161.
Blumer, L.S., 1982. A bibliography and categorization of bony fishes exhibiting parental care. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 76: 1–22.
DeMartini, E.E., 1987. Paternal defence, cannibalism and polygamy: factors influencing the reproductive success of painted greenling (Pisces, Hexagrammidae). Anim. Behav. 35: 1145–1158.
Diana, J.S. & W.C. Mackay, 1979. Timing and magnitude of energy deposition and loss in the body, liver, and gonads of northern pike (Esox lucius). J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 36: 481–487.
Dominey, W.J. & L.S. Blumer, 1984. Cannibalism of early life stages in fishes. pp. 43–64. In: G. Hausfater & S.B. Hrdy (ed.) Infanticide: Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives, Aldine Publishing Company, New York.
FitzGerald, G.J., 1991. The role of cannibalism in the reproductive ecology of the threespine stickleback. Ethology 89: 177–194.
Jangaard, P.M., H. Brockerhoff, R.D. Burgher & R.J. Hoyle, 1967. Seasonal changes in general condition and lipid content of cod from inshore waters. J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 24: 607–612.
Keenleyside, M.H.A., 1991. Parental care. pp. 191–208. In: M.H.A. Keenleyside (ed.) Cichlid Fishes: Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution, Chapman & Hall, London.
Kuwamura, T., 1983. Spawning behavior and timing of fertilization in the mouthbrooding cardinalfish Apogon notatus. Japan. J. Ichthyol. 30: 61–71.
Kuwamura, T., 1985. Social and reproductive behavior of three mouthbrooding cardinalfishes, Apogon doederleini, A. niger and A. notatus. Env. Biol. Fish. 13: 17–24.
Lenhardt, M., 1992. Seasonal changes in some blood chemistry parameters and in relative liver and gonad weights of pike (Esox lucius L.) from the River Danube. J. Fish Biol. 40: 709–718.
Marconato, A. & A. Bisazza, 1988. Mate choice, egg cannibalism and reproductive success in the river bullhead, Cottus gobio L. J. Fish Biol. 33: 905–916.
Medford, B.A. & W.C. Mackay, 1978. Protein and lipid content of gonads, liver, and muscle of northern pike (Esox lucius) in relation to gonad growth. J. Fish. Res. Board Can. 35: 213–219.
Mrowka, W., 1987. Filial cannibalism and reproductive success in the maternal mouthbrooding cichlid fish Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 21: 257–265.
Oppenheimer, J.R., 1970. Mouthbreeding in fishes. Anim. Behav. 18: 493–503.PubMed
Petersen, C.W., 1990. The occurrence and dynamics of clutch loss and filial cannibalism in two Caribbean damselfishes. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 135: 117–133.
Petersen, C.W. & K. Marchetti, 1989. Filial cannibalism in the cortez damselfish Stegastes rectifraenum. Evolution 43: 158–168.
Pulliainen, E. & K. Korhonen, 1990. Seasonal changes in condition indices in adult mature and non-maturing burbot, Lota Iota (L.), in the north-eastern Bothnian Bay, northern Finland. J. Fish Biol. 36: 251–259.
Rohwer, S., 1978. Parent cannibalism of offspring and egg raiding as a courtship strategy. Amer. Natur. 112: 429–440.
Salfert, I.G. & G.E.E. Moodie, 1985. Filial egg-cannibalism in the brook stickleback, Culaea inconstans (Kirtland). Behaviour 93: 82–100.
Smith, R.L., A.J. Paul & J.M. Paul, 1990. Seasonal changes in energy and the energy cost of spawning in Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod. J. Fish Biol. 36: 307–316.
Smith, C., 1992. Filial cannibalism as a reproductive strategy in care-giving teleosts? Neth. J. Zool. 42: 607–613.
Takashima, F., T. Hibiya, T. Watanabe & T. Hara, 1971. Endocrinological studies on lipid metabolism in rainbow trout — I. differences in lipid content of plasma, liver and visceral adipose tissue between sexually immature and mature females. Bull. Japan. Soc. Sci. Fish. 37: 307–311.
Unger, L.M., 1983. Nest defense by deceit in the fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 13: 125–130.
Yanagisawa, Y. & H. Ochi, 1991. Food intake by mouthbrooding females of Cyphotilapia frontosa (Cichlidae) to feed both themselves and their young. Env. Biol. Fish. 30: 353–358.
Yanagisawa, Y. & T. Sato, 1990. Active browsing by mouthbrooding females of Tropheus duboisi and Tropheus moorii (Cichlidae) to feed the young and/or themselves. Env. Biol. Fish. 27: 43–50.
- Filial cannibalism by mouthbrooding males of the cardinal fish,Apogon doederleini, in relation to their physical condition
Environmental Biology of Fishes
Volume 45, Issue 4 , pp 397-404
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Kluwer Academic Publishers
- Additional Links
- Paternal care
- Entire brood cannibalism