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Daddy Day Care - Male Yellow-headed Jawfish Mouth Brooding Eggs

This yellow-headed jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) is a paternal mouthbrooder practicing buccal incubation. I watched him move the eggs around to aerate them with oxygenated water. These jawfish only grow up to 10cm, and it is relatively rare to find one with eggs, so I was quite happy to be able to witness this amazing feat. What a good dad!

TAGS: Cayman Islands, Eggs, Scuba

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Boulder, Colorado, United States of America
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© Lindsey Dougherty.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2018
Total Favorites: 1
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 8, 2018, 9:42 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Focal Length: 100mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture: f4
ISO: ISO100
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PHOTO LOCATION Little Cayman, Cayman Islands