The Behaviour and Brain Function of the Cichlid Fish Hemihaplochromis Philander

Published in: Zoologica Africana
Volume 7, issue 1, 1972 , pages: 21–41
DOI: 10.1080/00445096.1972.11447427
Author(s): A.J. RibbinkDepartment of Zoology and Entomology,


Forebrain extirpations from Hemihaplochromis philander (Pisces: Cichlidae) resulted in a decrease of aggressive (territorial), courtship, and spontaneous behaviour. The stimulus-response latency was found to be increased by the extirpations. Forebrainless males were unable to distinguish between male and female conspecifics on a visual basis. Abnormal responses to certain stimuli occasionally resulted in accidents suggesting a failure of neural feedback mechanisms.

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