Eretmodus cyanostictus: bi-parental mouthbrooder

Eretmodus cyanostictus

Eretmodus cyanostictus. Photo by Dave Hansen

Happy Father’s Day Cichlid-Forum fathers. Thought it would be appropriate to highlight male cichlids that take their parental responsibilities seriously. In most mouthbrooding cichlids, holding the young is something that is only done by the female. Cichlids like Eretmodus cyanostictus or some Xenotilapia species from Lake Tanganyika, both male and females take turns holding the eggs until they are ready to be released. Male only mouthbrooding cichlids like Sarotherodon melanotheron do exist, but this West African tilapia is rare in the hobby. On occasion, some male Lake Victoria basin cichlids have been seen holding eggs, but it is rare and not something that is seen with all males of a species. To read more about bi-parental mouthbrooding behavior, check out the Eretmodus cyanostictus Species Article by Marc Elieson.

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