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|Title:||Observations on courtship and mating behaviour in Maltese populations of the killifish Apnonius fasciatus (Pisces : Cyprinodontidae)|
Schembri, Patrick J.
|Keywords:||Killifishes -- Malta|
Killifishes -- Sexual behavior
Cyprinodontidae -- Malta
Fishes -- Malta
|Publisher:||NGO Nature Trust|
|Citation:||Grech, M., Schembri, P. J. (1993). Observations on courtship and mating behaviour in Maltese populations of the killifish Apnonius fasciatus (Pisces: Cyprinodontidae). The Central Mediterranean Naturalist, 2(2), 28-34.|
|Abstract:||Courtship and mating behaviour of a Maltese population of Aphanius fasciatus kept in laboratory culture is described. Moles showed a brightening of their coloration. increased aggression towards other moles. and paid more attention to females during the period April-October. Moles took the lead in courtship. Courtship behaviour consisted of a number of acts. Some involved touching the female and these appeared to be designed to arouse sexual interest; others served to exhibit the male's body and to inhibit the female from swimming away. Mating commenced with the female pushing itself into floating algal mots: the male responded by wrapping its body tightly round that of the female. following which ejaculation of eggs and sperm occurred.|
|Appears in Collections:||CMN, Volume 2, Part 2|
CMN, Volume 2, Part 2
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