Happy Valentine’s Day! Fish mating strategies

In honor of today’s celebration of love, please enjoy the first series of post for this blog on fish mating strategies!  Check back weekly for new additions to the “Fish-ionary.” Promiscuous: A mating system where both sexes have multiple partners during the breeding system.  In fishes, this is the most common mating system.  Breeders make.. read more →


Polygyny: A polygamous mating system where a male has multiple female partners during the breeding season.  This is the more common form of polygamy.  Polygynous males, like slimy sculpins (Cottus cognatus), setup territories and are visited by multiple females.  Other polygynous males, like some African cichlids (such as Mchenga eucinostomus), form leks, where they congregate and.. read more →