Melanochromis crabro sp. nov.: a cichlid fish from Lake Malawi which feeds on ectoparasites and catfish eggs

By Ribbink, Anthony J & D.S.C. Lewis

Netherlands Journal of Zoology, v. 32(n. 1), pp. 72-87 (1982)


" Melanochromis crabro sp. nov., a member of the "Mbuna" group, is described from Lake Malawi. It feeds upon a variety of foods, but appears to be adapted to feed on Argulus africanus, a branchiuran parasite commonly found on the catfish, Bagrus meridionalis. It is suggested that the host-cleaner association also facilitates an egg-stealing habit, since M. crabro robs B. meridionalis of its eggs which are laid on the substratum. "

Classification: Taxonomy and phylogeny, Lake Malawi.

Language: English

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Ribbink, Anthony J & D.S.C. Lewis. 1982. "Melanochromis crabro sp. nov.: a cichlid fish from Lake Malawi which feeds on ectoparasites and catfish eggs". Netherlands Journal of Zoology. v. 32(n. 1), pp. 72-87 (crc00172) (abstract)