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Melanochromis Crabro Sp. Nov.: a Cichlid Fish From Lake Malawi Which Feeds On Ectoparasites and Catfish Eggs

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

Melanochromis crabro sp. nov., a member of the "Mbuna" group, is described from Lake Malawi. It feeds upon a variety of foods, but appears to be adapted to feed on Argulus africanus, a branchiuran parasite commonly found on the catfish, Bagrus meridionalis. It is suggested that the host-cleaner association also facilitates an egg-stealing habit, since M. crabro robs B. meridionalis of its eggs which are laid on the substratum.


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Affiliations: 1: J. L. B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Grahamstown, South Africa; 2: Fisheries Research Station, Monkey Bay, Malawi


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