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University of Maryland

Male Cichlids

Caption: The blotched color pattern is not beneficial for males, who must appear brightly colored to attract the greatest number of female mates (photo above shows normal male coloration at top and a fish expressing the blotched color pattern below).

Credit: Reade Roberts, University of Maryland

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