Colonial Nesting and the Importance of the Brood Size in Male Parasitic Reproduction of the Mediterranean Damselfish Chromis chromis (Pisces: Pomacentridae)

@article{Picciulin2004ColonialNA,
  title={Colonial Nesting and the Importance of the Brood Size in Male Parasitic Reproduction of the Mediterranean Damselfish Chromis chromis (Pisces: Pomacentridae)},
  author={Marta Picciulin and Laura Verginella and Maurizio Spoto and Enrico Antonio Ferrero},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  year={2004},
  volume={70},
  pages={23-30}
}
We investigated male parasitic spawning in a protected natural population of Mediterranean damselfish. Chromis chromis nested in colonies, inside which males showed a high variability in mating success. Our field observations indicate that the egg batches obtained by the most successful fish were five times bigger than the ones obtained by the less successful fish and many males never received ovipositions. On the other hand, reproductive parasitism was a common tactic within the colony… CONTINUE READING

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