Active accumulation of spawning substrate: a determinant of extreme polygyny in a shell-brooding cichlid fish

@article{Sato1994ActiveAO,
  title={Active accumulation of spawning substrate: a determinant of extreme polygyny in a shell-brooding cichlid fish},
  author={Tetsu Sato},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1994},
  volume={48},
  pages={669-678}
}
  • Tetsu Sato
  • Published 1 September 1994
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract Abstract. Observations on the reproductive behaviour and polygynous mating system of an endemic shell-brooding cichlid fish, Lamprologus callipterus , revealed that territorial males actively transported and accumulated spawning substrate (empty gastropod shells) to make nests. In contrast to conventional resource defence polygyny, males of this species can therefore create a defensible resource distribution. Females successively visited the nests, chose one shell, spawned the whole… 

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