Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 143–145 | Cite as

Helpers in fish

  • Michael Taborsky
  • Dominique Limberger


Field data show that in the cichlid fish Lamprologus brichardi conspecifics other than the reproducing pair help in brood care and territory maintenance. The expected degree of relatedness between helpers and the eggs or larvae they tend lies between 0.25 and 0.5, decreasing with the helper's age. This decrease might influence the point of time at which helpers depart. Five other endemic Lake Tanganyika cichlids showing rather similar helping behaviour are described.


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© Springer-Verlag 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Taborsky
    • 1
  • Dominique Limberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planek-Institut für VerhaltensphysiologieSeewiesenFederal Republic of Germany

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