Jawfish Incubating Eggs

Jawfish Incubating Eggs

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Credit: MICHAEL PATRICK O'NEILL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Banded Male Jawfish (Opistognathus macrognathus) incubating eggs in his mouth. This species is known as a paternal mouthbrooder. After spawning, the male will pick up the female's eggs in keep them in his mouth for a period of 7-10 days in order to give the embryos a greater chance of survival. Photo taken in the Lake Worth Lagoon, an estuary near the Palm Beach Inlet in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

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