Strategic growth decisions in helper cichlids.

  title={Strategic growth decisions in helper cichlids.},
  author={Dik Heg and Nicole Bender and Ian M. Hamilton},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={271 Suppl 6},
Recently, it has been shown that group-living subordinate clownfish Amphiprion percula increase their growth rate after acquiring the dominant breeder male position in the group. Evidence was found for strategic growth adjustments of subordinate fishes depending on the threat of eviction, i.e. subordinates adjust their growth rates so they remain smaller than the dominant fish and thereby limit the threat of being expelled from the territory. However, it is impossible to exclude several… CONTINUE READING