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Mate choice in the monogamous and polychromatic Midas cichlid, Cichlasoma citrinellum

Por Barlow, George W.

Journal of Fish Biology, v. 29(n. sA), pp. 123-133 dic.-1986. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.1986.tb05004.x


" Choice of mate in the Midas cichlid, Cichlasoma citrinellum (Günther, 1864), has been examined from a number of perspectives, proceeding from general species attributes to individual differences.

The Midas cichlid discriminates against closely-related, highly-similar Cichlasoma, and recognizes sex, probably chemically in both cases. It is polychromatic and changes from the normal (N) pattern to gold (G) or even white at almost any age. Gold colouration inhibited attack and made it difficult to mate an N female with a G male; the inhibiting effect was cancelled by using a larger N female.

Because the Midas cichlid is also biparentally monogamous, early experience could easily influence later choice of mate. G females of G × G parents preferentially spawned adjacent to G males; N females of N × N spawned mainly before N males. N females of G × G pairs, however, showed no preference.

Groups of females were reared by all four combinations of two colours and two sexes, or by no parents. Females reared by identically pure-coloured parents responded most to males of those colours, whereas females raised by mixed-colour parents did not discriminate. Females reared without parents preferred N males. Regardless of their own or their parents' colour, juveniles spent more time with N juveniles and behaved less aggressively towards them, compared to G juveniles.

Fish were offered a choice among potential mates that differed in aggressiveness, size or breeding experience. Males did not choose on the basis of those traits. Females preferred large, aggressive, experienced males. Pairs with large aggressive males more readily kept a breeding territory, and aggressive experienced males guarded young more effectively. All females were equally aggressive in protecting their young "

Clasificación: Comportamiento, Centro y norte -américa.

Idioma: English

Sustituciones de nombres

Barlow, George W.. 1986. "Mate choice in the monogamous and polychromatic Midas cichlid, Cichlasoma citrinellum". Journal of Fish Biology. v. 29(n. sA), pp. 123-133. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.1986.tb05004.x (crc05873) (resumen)