The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, Africa

Summary of Publication

Nelissen, M.H.J., and S. Andries. 1989. Group recognition and previous experience in the dominance relations in Melanochromis auratus (Pisces, Cichlidae). Pp. 11-14 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.  

Group members in M. auratus do recognize their own group and prefer it to an unknown group in a choice experiment.

Prior experience of subordination decrease [sic] aggression in high ranked animals, the reverse is true for dominant experience in low ranked fish. The rank stability is thus reinforced.




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