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Experimentally induced helper dispersal in colonially breeding cooperative cichlids

Heg, Dik; Heg-Bachar, Z.; Brouwer, Lyanne; Taborsky, M.


The 'benefits of philopatry' hypothesis states that helpers in cooperatively breeding species derive higher benefits from remaining home, instead of dispersing and attempting to breed independently. We tested experimentally whether dispersal options influence dispersal propensity in the cooperatively breeding Lake Tanganyika cichlids Neolamprologus pulcher and N. savoryi. Cooperative groups of these fishes breed in densely packed colonies, surrounded by unoccupied, but apparently suitable...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Environmental Biology of Fishes
DOI: 10.1007/s10641-007-9317-3


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