Parental care and reproductive ecology of the North American catfish, Ictalurus nebulosus

TitleParental care and reproductive ecology of the North American catfish, Ictalurus nebulosus
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsBlumer LSteven
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
Number of Pages160 pp.
UniversityUniversity of Michigan
CityAnn Arbor, MI
KeywordsSEX
Abstract

The research presented in the following five manuscripts concern the parental care and reproductive behavior of the brown bullhead, Ictalurus nebulosus. These studies represent an attempt to understand social behaviors and their evolutionary background. The evolutionary bases for sex differences in behavior, and variations within and between the sexes cannot be understood without a throough understanding of the reproductive natural history of a species.