Playing Behavior of Cichlids Recorded

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Scientists at Tennessee University have recorded playing behavior of cichlids, fresh water fish found mostly in Africa and South America. They define cichlid’s playing as “repeated behavior that is incompletely functional”. This research proves that fish are social and playful creatures. Tennessee University scientists recorded the behavior of cichlids for almost two years. Their research indicates that cichlids repeatedly struck a thermometer and it bounced back. Marine scientists had previously found that species such as wasps and reptiles are capable of playing. According to a Tennessee University Professor, “Play is repeated behavior that is incompletely functional in the context in which it is performed.”
“The presence or absence of food, or other fish within the aquarium or visible in an adjacent aquarium had no effect on cichlid behavior”, scientists explained in a research paper published in Journal Ethology. It is believed that quick righting response seemed primary stimulus factor that maintained the behavior. Recently finished research illustrates how play is embedded in marine species biology. Playing behavior of marine species is termed as a part of their evolutionary history and genetics. Experts believe that playing leads to better social skills in marine animals. Researchers filmed three male Cichlids over two years before reaching a final conclusion.
Via [Daily Mail]

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