A brood parasitic catfish of mouthbrooding cichlid fishes in Lake Tanganyika

  title={A brood parasitic catfish of mouthbrooding cichlid fishes in Lake Tanganyika},
  author={Tetsu Sato},
  • Tetsu Sato
  • Published 4 September 1986
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Nature
Brood parasitism, where a brood of the parasitic species is fostered by the parents of another species, is well known among birds1. In most cases, such offspring show a complete reliance upon their host parents for food, protection and warmth until their independence. In other vertebrate groups, however, such total dependence upon a host species is unknown. I report here the first example of true brood parasitic behaviour discovered among fishes. In Lake Tanganyika, an endemic mochokid catfish… 
Brood parasitism of an open-water spawning cichlid by the cuckoo catfish.
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Alloparental care between catfishes in Lake Tanganyika
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Early life-history features associated with brood parasitism in the cuckoo catfish, Synodontis multipunctatus (Siluriformes: Mochokidae)
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A laboratory study of host use by the cuckoo catfish Synodontis multipunctatus
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Exploitation of the eggs of nest associates by the host fish Pseudobagrus nudiceps
Considering the unusual timing and low survival rate of Pu.
Individual experience as a key to success for the cuckoo catfish brood parasitism
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  • Biology
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