The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Abstract of Publication

Couldridge, V.C.K., and G.J. Alexander. 2001. Does the time spent near a male predict female mate choice in a Malawian cichlid? Journal of Fish Biology 59 (3): 667-672.  

Gravid female Malawian Pseudotropheus cichlids spent significantly more time with males that they subsequently chose as mates, indicating that time spent near a male is a valid and accurate method of measuring female preference. Furthermore, females preferred to mate with males that had longer pelvic fins and a larger number of eggspots on their anal fins. In some instances, females chose to mate with both of the males with which they were presented, possibly because they were unable to discriminate between them.




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