Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus

Thünken T, Meuthen D, Bakker TCM, Kullmann H (2010)
Animal Behaviour 80(1): 69-74.

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Thünken, Timo; Meuthen, DenisUniBi ; Bakker, Theo C.M.; Kullmann, Harald
Abstract / Bemerkung
Theory predicts that parents should adjust their parental investment to the reproductive value of the brood. Previous studies have mainly investigated the relationship between brood size, brood age and the intensity of care. However, the impact of brood quality traits such as the offspring’s average body size on parental investment has received relatively little attention. We examined the parental response to brood quality in the biparentally brood-caring cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus. We manipulated offspring quality by manipulating the food availability for the free-swimming fry and measured the parental response over 4 weeks. Generally, care decreased over the 4 weeks suggesting that parents adjust care to decreasing offspring vulnerability. However, parents of relatively low-quality broods, that is, of broods with relatively small average individual body size, showed a greater reduction in care than parents of high-quality broods resulting in a significant difference in care provided in the fourth week. The result suggests that parents adjust their care to brood quality and supports the predictions of the parental investment theory. Furthermore, mothers of high-quality fry were significantly more aggressive towards their partner than mothers of low-quality fry. This result is discussed in the context of parental response to brood value. Generally, females invested more in brood care than males.
Erscheinungsjahr
2010
Zeitschriftentitel
Animal Behaviour
Band
80
Ausgabe
1
Seite(n)
69-74
ISSN
0003-3472
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2943484

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Thünken T, Meuthen D, Bakker TCM, Kullmann H. Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus. Animal Behaviour. 2010;80(1):69-74.
Thünken, T., Meuthen, D., Bakker, T. C. M., & Kullmann, H. (2010). Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus. Animal Behaviour, 80(1), 69-74. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.04.001
Thünken, T., Meuthen, D., Bakker, T. C. M., and Kullmann, H. (2010). Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus. Animal Behaviour 80, 69-74.
Thünken, T., et al., 2010. Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus. Animal Behaviour, 80(1), p 69-74.
T. Thünken, et al., “Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus”, Animal Behaviour, vol. 80, 2010, pp. 69-74.
Thünken, T., Meuthen, D., Bakker, T.C.M., Kullmann, H.: Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus. Animal Behaviour. 80, 69-74 (2010).
Thünken, Timo, Meuthen, Denis, Bakker, Theo C.M., and Kullmann, Harald. “Parental investment in relation to offspring quality in the biparental cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus”. Animal Behaviour 80.1 (2010): 69-74.

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