cichlid intelligence

Labidochromis caeruleus, aka yellow labs. Photo by Robert De Leon​

Just a little over a week ago we posted a blog about a study of fish intelligence. Now it appears some scientists from MacEwan University in Canada have done some experiments on cichlid intelligence. The experiments were conducted with Labidochromis caeruleus, a popular mbuna from Lake Malawi. Yellow labs not only showed that they can quickly learn where to obtain food, but they can retain that knowledge for an extended period of time. L. caeruleus could even abandon formerly learned feeding spots when researchers changed feeding patterns.

The researchers will be presenting their findings today at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting. The study of cichlid intelligence has not been published for peer review, but you can read more about their findings on LiveScience.com.