HOW DOES THE LIONFISH REPRODUCE ???

The Lionfish is invasive to the Caribbean and Atlantic and the problem lies with the high rate of reproduction in the Caribbean.They breed all year round and are sexually mature just after one year.One female Lionfish is able to produce two egg sacks every 4 days,each egg sack containing about fifteen thousand eggs which can give a result of 2 million eggs per female each year.

The males attract the females by “courting them”.This is where  they use their physical appearance such as their fins and spins to attract the females.This may go on for several days until the male finally gets a female in which male and female Lionfish will do the spawning dance where they both circle each other face to face and ascend to the surface,while ascending to the surface the male will turn upside down  and fertilize her sacks by releasing his sperm.

THIS IS WHAT THE SACKS LOOKS LIKE

 

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The Lionfish’s sacks contain noxious chemicals which prevent it from being eaten by any other fish.Approximately 24 hours after the eggs hatch into larvae.This allows for the eggs to remain in max number since they will not be eaten by any predators.

 

REFERENCES

Coles.N,May 2,2015

 

ciclo-lionfish

cnd.reefs.com

 

by nevada ragoonanan

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