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Experimental evidence for helper effects in a cooperatively breeding cichlid

Brouwer, Lyanne; Heg, Dik; Taborsky, M.

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Neolamprologus pulcher is a cooperatively breeding cichlid fish, in which helpers stay in their natal territory and help with brood care, territory defense, and maintenance. In this study we investigated helper effects by an experimental group size reduction in the field. After this manipulation, focal helpers in reduced groups tended to feed less, and small helpers visited the breeding shelter significantly more often than same-sized helpers in control groups. No evidence was found that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/63314
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ari042

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