Neolamprologus caudopunctatus dispersal

Neolamprologus caudopunctatus

Neolamprologus caudopunctatus.

In a new study researchers found that female Neolamprologus caudopunctatus, a cichlid from Lake Tanganyika, on average disperse from their nest 11 times further than males. This is the opposite behavior from what we see in most mammals, where the males tend to move further away from their birth place. Young female Neolamprologus caudopunctatus also tend to stick together when they move away, increasing their safety in numbers and insuring that their genetic material survives to reproduce. The original study is behind a pay wall, but a good synopsis of it can be found on the PHSY.ORG website. If you would like to learn more about N. caudopunctatus, check out the Species Profile. Discussion on this fish can be done in the Lake Tanganyika forum.

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