The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Abstract of Publication

Ribbink, A.J., and A.C. Ribbink. 1997. Paedophagia among cichlid fishes of Lake Victoria and Lake Malawi/Nyasa. South African Journal of Science 93 (11-12): 509-512.  

Paedophages, as defined here, are cichlids which exploit the protective tactics of other cichlids to steal the offspring from them. The different tactics are reviewed here and a new form of paedophagy is described, in which retrieval of free-swimming young is stimulated by the paedophage so that the offspring gather at the parent's mouth, where they are readily caught by the paedophage.




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