oa African Zoology - The behaviour of Hemihaplochromis philander, a South African cichlid fish

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Hemihaplochromis philander is commonly found in the fresh water pans and lakes of Zululand, Natal and Rhodesia (Crass 1964, Jubb 1967). This species has also been found in saline estuaries, indicating that it is to some extent euryhaline (Millard and Broekhuysen 1970). They are relatively small, sexually dimorphic cichlids, commonly called ""dwarf bream"". The males may reach eleven centimetres in length, whereas the females seldom exceed eight centimetres. A great deal of work has been done on cichlid behaviour and attention is now turning to the physiological aspects of their behaviour. This paper descriptionbes the behaviour of H. philander, thus providing the necessary prerequisite to the neurological studies already in progress (Ribbink 1970).

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