Male size predicts the ability to defend offspring in the biparental convict cichlid Archocentrus nigrofasciatus

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Abstract:

The data from this field study provided evidence that biparental convict cichlid Archocentrus nigrofasciatus pairs with large males had fewer intruders near their offspring compared to pairs with small males. This suggested that large males were more capable of defending their young against predators.

Keywords: Archocentrus nigrofasciatus; cichlid; offspring defence; parental care

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2006.01174.x

Affiliations: Department of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015, U.S.A.

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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