Contrasts in Social Behavior between Central American Cichlid Fishes and Coral-reef Surgeon Fishes

  title={Contrasts in Social Behavior between Central American Cichlid Fishes and Coral-reef Surgeon Fishes},
  author={George W. Barlow},
  journal={Integrative and Comparative Biology},
  • G. Barlow
  • Published 1 February 1974
  • Environmental Science
  • Integrative and Comparative Biology
The social systems and related behavior of cichlid and surgeon fishes are compared in terms of (i) physical spacing, (ii) theoretical spacing (communication), (iii) castes, (iv) group composition, (v) open versus closed groups, and (vi) reproductive behavior. Cichlids only recently invaded Central America. Despite the occurrence of about 100 species there, most are in one genus, Cichlasoma . Yet, they express a spectrum of feeding behavior, ranging from grazing herbivore through omnivore to… 

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