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Cyprichromis leptosoma (Chituta bay)
 
9/1 2006.



To af de mange positurer hannen bruger til at opfordre hunnen til leg.
Cyprichromis arterne har en større variation af bevægelser og positurer til dette, end nogen anden cichlide. Dette kunne være en følge af, at de i naturen lever i store blandede stimer, med flere nærtstående arter sammen. Den lange række af indviklede manøvrer, sikrer muligvis, at kun hunner som er "kompatible", reagerer på hannernes signaler?

Two of the many postures the male utilizes to encourage the female to spawn. The various
Cyprichromis species have a wider variety of postures and moves to this end, than any other cichlid. This could be caused by their habit of gathering in mixed schools, with several closely related species present. The vast array of complex maneuvers may secure, that only "compatible" females react to the signals from the males?
 
9/1 2006.

En af de mere specielle positurer; Hannen bruger, udover finnerne og kroppen generelt, også munden til at signalere med. Den bedste beskrivelse af denne bevægelse, er faktisk at han laver "kyssebevægelser"

One of the more special postures; The male uses, other than fins and general body movements, also his mouth for signalling. The best description of this particular signal is actually "kissing movements"


Hannens anstrengelser bærer frugt, og hunnen slipper et æg frit i vandet...

The efforts of the male is rewarded, as the female releases an egg...


...som hun øjeblikkelig samler op i munden.
Cyprichromis er ufolignelige svømmere, og hunnen er faktisk i stand til at svømme baglæns, så det ikke er nødvendigt for hende at vende sig for at gøre dette

...which she immediately picks up in her mouth. The
Cyprichromis species are incomparable swimmers, and the female is actually able to move backwards fast enough to this without having to turn


Hannen placerer sig, så hunnen kan opfange den sæd han frigiver i vandet, og befrugte ægget

The male positions himself, so that his yolk can be swallowed by the female, thus fertilizing the egg
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