Cichlid bowers and their links to evolution

cichlid bowers

Taeniolethrinops laticeps builds pit shaped bowers. Photo by Ad Konings.

Another study was recently published about cichlid bowers. This study, titled “Evolution of bower building in Lake Malawi cichlid fish: phylogeny, morphology, and behavior”, tries to determine why some cichlids from Lake Malawi evolved as bower builders. Researchers not only came up with with various reasons why bowers are built, but they also tried to understand why species build them so differently from one another. For instance, Taeniolethrinops laticeps pictured above builds a pit while Taeniolethrinops furcicauda builds a tall castle. Anyway, a simple synopsis of the study can be found on Newsweek.com. If you would like to get a more detailed look at the study, visit Frontiers.

Skip to the 2:00 mark to see some of the amazing cichlid bowers. The video gives some perspective on their size and shapes.

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