A mechanism for social inhibition of sexual maturation in bluegill

D. D. Aday, D. H. Wahl, D. P. Philipp

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Social control of maturation is a common phenomenon in fishes, yet associated mechanisms are often unidentified. An examination of interactions between mature and juvenile male bluegill Lepomis macrochirus in mesocosms, isolating visual, chemical and physical interactions, suggested that chemical cues are responsible for inhibiting maturation of juvenile males.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-490
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Bluegill
  • Maturation
  • Pheromones
  • Social inhibition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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