Response of male cichlid fish haplochromis burtoni reared in isolation to models of conspecifics

Fernald, R.D.

Zeitschrift fuer Tierpsychologie 54(1): 85-93

1980


DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1980.tb01065.x
Accession: 006326003

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Abstract
Male cichlid fish (H. burtoni), raised in complete isolation, respond selectively to both yellow and blue models of conspecifics, which have a black eye bar, with an increased rate of being directed at target fish. Such an increased rate of biting has been observed previously for experienced adults viewing dummies. The selective response to this pattern by socially inexperienced fish suggests the presence of genetically controlled pattern recognition capability.

Response of male cichlid fish haplochromis burtoni reared in isolation to models of conspecifics