" Breeding pairs of Xenotilapia flavipinnis held their territories on the sandy bottom and repeated several breeding cycles. Females mouthbrooded the eggs and early larvae but afterward males took over the mouthbrooding role. When the young became free swimming, they were guarded by both parents and remained in the spawning territory. Males played a leading role in the guarding. while females were more active in foraging during the guarding period. It was concluded that males' active participation in the parental care could accelerate the gonadal recovery of females and consequently could maximize the fecundiry of serially monogamous pairs. "
Classification: Behavior, Lake Tanganyika.
Reference in bibliography for species (1)
Yanagisawa, Yasunobu. 1986. "Parental Care in a Monogamous Mouthbrooding Cichlid Xenotilapia flavipinnis in Lake Tanganyika". Japanese Journal of Ichthyology. vol. 33 (3); pp. 249-261 (crc01744) (abstract)