Reproduction of Tropheus moorii
Document source:
Main Ref. Mills, D. and G. Vevers, 1989
Mode dioecism
Fertilization in mouth
Mating type monogamy:
Spawning frequency
Spawning aggregation Ref.  
Batch spawner Ref.  
Reproductive guild bearers
external brooders
Parental Care maternal
Description of life cycle and mating behavior Female lays only a few eggs. Female collects eggs up into her mouth before they sink to the bottom and then moves to the genital area of the male. There the sperm are shed and taken into the mouth of the female where fertilization takes place. Eggs hatch after about 4 weeks of incubation (Ref. 7020). Produces 5-17 eggs (Ref. 1672). In one study, eggs from the cleavage phase and larvae of up to 1.45 cm TL are mouthbrooded by female parents ranging from 6.2 to 7.9 cm SL long (Ref. 86760).
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Entered by Torres, Armi G. on 06.20.94
Modified by Luna, Susan M. on 04.21.11
Checked by Torres, Armi G. on 03.16.96
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