The Clownfish: A species of fish that deposit their eggs on a moveable tablet

The Clownfish: A species of fish that deposit their eggs on a moveable tablet: The charismatic clownfish shows enterprise too. It avoids the ufabet morning rush by working from home, usually under the protection of the stinging tentacles of a large sea anemone.

The Clownfish: A species of fish that deposit their eggs on a moveable tablet

The Clownfish

Unlike many reef fishes that cast tiny eggs and sperm into the sea, the clownfish is a nest-builder, caring for a few large eggs that are laid carefully upon something hard, such as coral or rock, but this is not always easy to find. If the host anemone has planted itself in soft sand, it presents the fish with a problem, and one that requires an ingenious solution.

When it is time to spawn, the male clownfish leaves the safety of its ufabet home and enters the hustle and bustle of city life, setting out to find a suitable surface.

Like an old-fashioned rag-and-bone collector tramping the city streets in search of discarded junk, it may purloin anything from a sand dollar to half a coconut shell, or even tin cans and pieces of plastic. It then pushes the object back to the anemone.

Eventually, the fish brings back his chosen object and places it against the base of the anemone, cleaning the surface carefully so the eggs will stick firmly. When the time comes, the female clownfish and one of her partners nip at the host’s tentacles closest to the chosen ufabet nest site and the anemone retracts them, giving enough space for the female to deposit her eggs on the flat surface, with the male following close behind, fertilising them as they go.

She then leaves to feed. He remains to guard the nest, helped by the anemone whose tentacles reform into a protective umbrella.

The clownfish is one of several species of fish that deposit their eggs on a moveable ‘tablet’. There is even one that ‘sand-blasts’ its egg-laying site so that it is squeaky clean.

The Galapagos ringtail damselfish takes mouthfuls of grit and spits them repeatedly at the chosen surface. Fish are turning out to be more creative than we ever imagined.