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Has anyone here had experiences with parasitic males? Some of the shell dwelling species have males with an alternative reproductive tactic where they stay small and mimic juveniles to sneak matings in with a larger male's female. My Telmatochromis temporalis have spawned and some of the fry have remained much smaller than the others, but seem otherwise healthy. In the wild up to 19% of the male population can exhibit this phenotype. Also it would seem that I have a parasitic male Ornatipinnis as well, but this tactic generally occurs in Lamprologus callipterus. I was just curious if anyone else has witnessed this sort of thing in their home aquaria.