The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Abstract of Publication

Hert, E. 1992. Homing and home-site fidelity in rock-dwelling cichlids (Pisces: Teleostei) of Lake Malawi, Africa. Environmental Biology of Fishes 33: 229-237.  

Existence of home site fidelity and homing ability was established for Pseudotropheus aurora. Territorial males stayed up to 1½ years within the same territories. Females showed long-term fidelity to certain places. Transplantation experiments revealed that P. aurora males home over distances of up to at least 2500 m but would not cross deep water. The territorial males of five other sympatric species returned from 1000 m to their territories. The mechanisms and functions of homing in cichlids are discussed.




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