The miniature cuckold fish

by Michael Marshall 

Species: Lamprologus callipterus

Habitat: throughout Lake Tanganyika in central Africa – the world’s longest lake.

… Then, just as your girl is laying her eggs in the snug little nursery you’ve prepared, some weedy little cheat slips in ahead of you and fertilises the lot.

This is the infuriating fate that befalls many male Lamprologus callipterus, which are regularly cuckolded by so-called dwarf males. Despite their occasional success, however, dwarf males struggle to father many children.

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