Credit: Worawut Koedprang (Thailand)
The first photo shows a pair of clown anemone fish brooder “or clownfish” (Amphiprion ocellaris) while inhabiting a sea anemone. This species is among reef dwellers. The larger fish specimen shown in the photo is a female. The clown anemone fish are monogamous as a brooder mates with the same spouse except in case of accidental missing. The second photo exhibits the parental care whereas a male fish –as usual- takes care about eggs during the incubation period till hatching that takes place after about 7 days from the spawning and fertilization at 28 C. The last photo shows the immediate pre-hatching phase. It is advised to move the embryos during this phase into the hatching tank to protect the hatchlings against the possible predation by parent brooders.
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