Egg presence and developmental stage influence spawning-site choice by female garibaldi

@article{Sikkel1989EggPA,
  title={Egg presence and developmental stage influence spawning-site choice by female garibaldi},
  author={Paul C. Sikkel},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1989},
  volume={38},
  pages={447-456}
}
During the spawning season, male garibaldi, Hypsypops rubicundus (Pomacentridae), defend algal nests within permanent territories on which females deposit eggs. Eggs in the early stages of development are bright yellow and turn grey as development proceeds. Field observations indicated that females preferentially approached nests with eggs in the early stages of development prior to or in the absence of male courtship and were more likely to spawn in such nests than in empty nests or nests with… CONTINUE READING
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