The ontogeny of social behavior and body coloration in the african cichlid fish haplochromis burtoni

Fernald, R.D.; Hirata, N.R.

Zeitschrift fuer Tierpsychologie 50(2): 180-187

1979


DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1979.tb01025.x
Accession: 006728303

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Abstract
The ontogeny of behavioral patterns [territorialism, social communication, etc.] and body coloration are described for the African cichlid fish, H. burtoni. The development of particular color patterns correlates directly with appearance of behavioral patterns which use those color patterns. There is a flexible timetable associated with these events which depends on both social and environmental factors.

The ontogeny of social behavior and body coloration in the african cichlid fish haplochromis burtoni