16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
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!
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||Nov. 8, 2018, 9:42 p.m.
||Canon EOS 5D Mark IV