Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Reproduction - Fascinating Fishes
After reading Chapter 9 and reviewing in-class notes, you should be able to answer this question for your assigned 'fascinating fish'.
This essay question should be answered here by April 8. This question tests your ability to apply the various concepts to a novel species or groups of species.
Describe the following reproductive traits and strategies for your fascinating fish and explain how these strategies are adaptive for the environment in which these fish live.
Secondary Sex characteristics
Spawning Site Prep
Place of Fertilization
Timing of Breeding
Click on comment below and post your answer in essay form (600 words max). Do not cut and past text from a web site!
The illustrations on this post show an intriguing behavior of some planktivorous cichlid species, referred to as "lekking" after the Swedish word that means "to play" Some leks are done without the 'volcano-shaped sand dome' depicted here. For more on Cichlidae, click here.