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  • Daily breakfast at beachside Ocean Restaurant
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  • A bottle of champagne and fruits in your villa to greet you on arrival
  • Early check-in and late check-out - subject to availability
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  • Selected complimentary non-motorised water sports
  • Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment during your stay
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Surgeonfish Mating Behaviour

Apr 15, 2017 Ocean Stories

Here’s an amazing video we took, showing the mating behaviour of surgeonfish on the Milaidhoo house reef last December, just before Christmas. The fish can be observed in what is known to be the typical mating behaviour of surgeon fishes (Acanthuridae).

Surgeon fishes, as all bony fishes (Osteychtyes), reproduce sexually by external fertilization releasing their reproductive cells (gametes) in the water column.

During their mating bouts females swim upward above the reef top and release their eggs, every male in the close vicinity sprints upward following the female and releases its sperm. In this clip gametes can be clearly seen in the form of a white dusty cloud.

Posted by Fabio: marine biologist

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