Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 241–249

Parental strategy of the cichlid fish Perissodus microlepis, with particular reference to intraspecific brood ‘farming out’

Authors

  • Yasunobu Yanagisawa
    • Department of BiologyEhime University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00005455

Cite this article as:
Yanagisawa, Y. Environ Biol Fish (1985) 12: 241. doi:10.1007/BF00005455

Synopsis

One parent was experimentally removed from brooding pairs of Perissodus microlepis in the field. The removal elicited drastic behavioural changes in the remaining parent and young. The remaining parent sometimes showed a sequence of peculiar behaviours which were not observed when guarding the young with its mate. Some left the brooding site with young in their mouths and then put the young under the care of another pair of brooding parents.

Keywords

Removal experimentMixed broodDesertionMouthbroodingSubstrate broodingGuardingMonogamyScale-eaterLake TanganyikaSociobiology
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