Clownfish Eggs & Babies - Video
Spawning begins when the female swims over the patch cleaned for her by the male and deposits 100 to 1000 eggs. The male follows her and fertilises them. The female will then return to take care of the sea anemone while the male stays behind to guard the eggs until they hatch. He will remove debris and dead eggs and fan the eggs with his fins and mouth to keep them well oxygenated. The eggs will hatch in 6 to 7 days and the juvenile clownfish will remain in the vicinity for a few more days until they develop the protective mucus coating necessary for them to venture into the sea anemone.
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