Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 28, Issue 1–4, pp 249–256 | Cite as

Alternative reproductive behaviour in fishes, with particular reference toLepomis macrochira andPseudocrenilabrus philander

  • Tin-Yam Chan
  • Anthony J. Ribbink


In the sunfish,Lepomis macrochira, males have discrete alternative reproductive life histories each with an equal potential for reproductive success. However, the alternative reproductive tactics of the cichlid,Pseudocrenilabrus philander, appear to have unequal payoffs. The adoption of either the territorial or the sneaking option in the cichlid fish is dictated by social conditions within the hierarchy. Consideration is given to Austad's questioning the value of models of Evolutionary Stable Strategies and to his proposed reclassification of alternative reproductive behaviours.

Key words

Cichlidae Centrarchidae Sneaker Cuckolder Satellite Territoriality Sunfish Courtship Leks Evolutionary strategies Life history 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tin-Yam Chan
    • 1
  • Anthony J. Ribbink
    • 1
  1. 1.J.L.B. Smith Institute of IchthyologyGrahamstownSouth Africa

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