Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Worth a Thousand Words: Handedness in Fish
If you look closely at the image above, you’ll see that the mouths of these cichlid fish, Perissodus microlepis, curve in opposite directions. Similar to left or right handedness in humans, many animals exhibit handedness in behavior or morphology. Whether handed behavior is expressed early in development and produces mouth asymmetry or the opposite, that mouth asymmetry produces handed behavior, however, is not well known. The authors of the study “Handed Foraging Behavior in Scale-Eating Cichlid Fish: Its Potential Role in Shaping Morphological Asymmetry” set out to investigate this question and more.