Ecology and breeding behavior of a cichlid fish, Cyrtocara eucinostomus, on a large lek in Lake Malawi, Africa

@article{Mckaye2004EcologyAB,
  title={Ecology and breeding behavior of a cichlid fish, Cyrtocara eucinostomus, on a large lek in Lake Malawi, Africa},
  author={K R Mckaye},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  year={2004},
  volume={8},
  pages={81-96}
}
  • K. R. Mckaye
  • Published 1 February 1983
  • Biology
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
SynopsisCyrtocara eucinostomus, a mouthbrooding cichlid, breeds on a 4 km long breeding arena between 3–9 m depth in the Cape Maclear region of Lake Malawi. At times over 50,000 males display there, making this breeding arena the largest ever reported. The form and function of the arena and the behavior of the fish on the arena are analogous to bird leks. This arena serves only as a mating ground. All parental care is provided by the females, which leave the arena with the eggs. Courtship takes… 

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