Early ontogeny of a substrate-brooding cichlid, Boulengerochromis microlepis, compared with mouthbrooding species in Lake Tanganyika

Von Kuwamura, Tetsuo & N. Mihigo

Physiology and Ecology Japan, v. 25(n. 1), pp. 19-25 (1988)


" Early development of a substrate-brooding cichlid, Boulengerochromis microlepis, is described and compared with that of some mouthbrooding species found in Lake Tanganyika. The differences found in the early ontogeny among the species examined generally agree with those reported among other cichlids: mouthbrooders produce fewer eggs, but of a larger size, than substrate-brooders, and their young begin exogenous feeding later and at a more developed stage than the young of the latter. The availability of food for larvae is suggested to be an important factor determining different reproductive strategies or parental-care patterns "

Klassifizierung: Ökologie und Umwelt, See Tanganyika.

Sprache: English

Kuwamura, Tetsuo & N. Mihigo. 1988. "Early ontogeny of a substrate-brooding cichlid, Boulengerochromis microlepis, compared with mouthbrooding species in Lake Tanganyika". Physiology and Ecology Japan. v. 25(n. 1), pp. 19-25 (crc03728) (Kurzfassung)