Reproductive biology, mating systems and parental care

  • G. F. Turner
  • R. L. Robinson
Part of the Fish and Fisheries Series book series (FIFI, volume 25)


The purpose of this chapter is to provide a general outline of the reproductive strategies of the tilapiine cichlids. We will concentrate on the ethological, evolutionary and ecological aspects, rather than physiology, which will be dealt with elsewhere. As anyone remotely interested in tilapiine cichlids must be familiar with Trewavas’s magnificent book on the mouthbrooding tilapias, we will concentrate on information published since that work appeared (1983) and give rather more coverage to the substrate spawning species than is warranted by their low diversity and minor economic importance.


Mate Choice Parental Care Reproductive Biology Fish Biol Cichlid Fish 
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