Cichlid spawning structures – bowers or nests?

  title={Cichlid spawning structures – bowers or nests?},
  author={Denis Tweddle and David H. Eccles and Clifford B. Frith and Geoffrey Fryer and Peter B. N. Jackson and Digby S. C. Lewis and Rosemary H. Lowe-McConnell},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
Males of mouthbrooding cichlids build sand-castle or sand-scrape structures. These are used as display sites to attract females, eggs are laid and inseminated there and then taken away by the female for brooding elsewhere. It has been suggested that the structure be called a bower because it has the same role as the bowerbird's bower. Thew word bower is restricted in ornithological literature to complex structures which reminded Gould (1840) of garden bowers. Simpler display sites of other… CONTINUE READING