Ethology and ecology of cichlid fishes of the genus Etroplus in Sri Lanka: preliminary findings

@article{Ward2004EthologyAE,
  title={Ethology and ecology of cichlid fishes of the genus Etroplus in Sri Lanka: preliminary findings},
  author={Jack A. Ward and Richard L. Wyman},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={137-145}
}
  • J. Ward, R. L. Wyman
  • Published 1 August 1977
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes
SynopsisThe Asian cichlid fishes, Etroplus maculatus (Bloch) and E. suratensis (Bloch) were observed in their natural habitat. Ecological and behavioral interactions of these species have not been previously reported. E. suratensis benefits from being cleaned by E. maculatus; it is doubtful the ingestion of parasites and fungi is of much direct benefit to E. maculatus. The advantage to E. maculatus is more likely the survival and reproductive success of adult E. suratensis which in turn provide… 
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