Reproduction of Haplochromis mbipi
Document source: http://www.fishbase.org/Reproduction/FishReproSummary.php?ID=52152&GenusName=Haplochromis&SpeciesName=mbipi&fc=349&StockCode=43425
 
Main Ref. Seehausen, O., E. Lippitsch, N. Bouton and H. Zwennes, 1998
Mode dioecism
Fertilization
Mating type
Spawning frequency No obvious seasonal peak
Spawning aggregation Ref.  
Batch spawner Ref.  
Reproductive guild bearers
external brooders
Parental Care
Description of life cycle and mating behavior A polygynous female mouthbrooder with maternal parental care. Males defend territories of usually less than a square meter surface around a larger crevice. During courtship and male-male interactions they leave the crevice, but usually do not move far away from it. Females are led to the crevice, where the spawning takes place. Males are vigorously defending the territories against conspecific males. Brooding females guard small territories around a small cave at variable water depths. In the aquarium, females release their fry after about 21 days but continue to keep them in the mouth in situations of danger and at night, for up to another 21 days.
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Entered by Torres, Armi G. on 04.13.99
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