The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Summary of Publication

Andries, S., and M. Nelissen. 1989b. Interspecific dominance relationships in mbuna cichlid fish. Pages 29-33 in: Crapon de Caprona, M.-D., and B. Fritzch (eds.). Proceedings of the Workshop on Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Cichlids, Bielefeld, West Germany, 24-27 February 1988. Annales de la Musée royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Sciences Zoologiques 257.  

Mbuna-cichlids (from Lake Malawi) form a very complex community. In order to find out whether there is an interspecific communication system and a dominance hierarchy, we started an intra- and interspecific study of Melanochromis auratus, M. johanni [sic], Pseudotropheus "ornatus" and P. lombardoi.

The intraspecific study pointed out that all four species establish a linear rank order, which answers to strict rules. In interspecific groups (two species) an interspecific dominance hierarchy was formed, in which the original intraspecific rank order and colouration were retained.




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