Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 213–218 | Cite as

The benefit to some minnows of spawning in the nests of other species

  • Carol E. Johnston


Fishes that act as nest associates spawn simultaneously with nest-building hosts and then abandon their eggs. The proposed benefit for this behavior is increased brood survivorship, arising from the physical environment provided by the nest or the parental care provided by the host. Field and enclosure experiments indicated that associates benefit from the parental care provided by the host, and not from the physical environment provided by the nests of hosts. This information, along with the effect of nest association on host reproductive success, is necessary before the nature of this nesting symbiosis can be characterized.

Key words

Symbiosis Parental care Nest-building Cyprinids Centrarchids Nocomis spp. Lepomis cyanellus Lythurus umbratilis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol E. Johnston
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for BiodiversityIllinois Natural History SurveyChampaignU.S.A.

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