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Video of proud yellowhead jawfish papa

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jul 16, 2012 08:00 AM
The yellowhead jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) is a Caribbean mouthbrooding species. The father incubates a large clutch of eggs in his mouth until they hatch, going hungry 5-7 days until his offspring are safely born. Now that is what you call a dedicated father!

Proud Papa

Frans De Backer shot this video of a new jawfish father in the Grand Caymans. The jawfish almost seems to show off his babies to the camera. At around the 1:05 mark, you can see the father aerating and cleansing the eggs by spitting them out and sucking them back.  Nature is pretty darn cool, wouldn't you agree?

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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