Helping opportunities and space segregation in cooperatively breeding cichlids

@inproceedings{Werner2003HelpingOA,
  title={Helping opportunities and space segregation in cooperatively breeding cichlids},
  author={Noam Y. Werner and SigalBalshineS. Balshine and Brenda Leach and Arnon Lotema},
  year={2003}
}
Studies of cooperative breeding have largely ignored the role of conflict among helpers and how it shapes group dynamics and helping behavior. In the present study, performing laboratory experiments with cooperatively breeding cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, we show that secondary group members (potential helpers) occupy home ranges within the group territory and may be aggressive to one another. Experimental removal of secondary group members allowed the individual next in rank to move closer… CONTINUE READING

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