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Marine Biology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 22–29 | Cite as

Underwater observations on the reproductive activity of the demoiselleChromis dispilus (Pisces: Pomacentridae)

  • B. C. Russell
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Abstract

Reproductive behaviour of the demoiselleChromis dispilusGriffin was studied along the coast and offshore islands of north-eastern New Zealand. Spawning occurred at intervals over the summer months, December to March. Males displayed nursery behaviour and nest-guarding during the incubation period of the eggs. Juvenile growth was initially very rapid. A comparison of reproductive activities with other species ofChromis show a basic similarity in behaviour, although the demoiselle appears to differ in certain behavioural patterns associated with spawning.

Keywords

Incubation Period Behavioural Pattern Reproductive Behaviour Reproductive Activity Basic Similarity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. C. Russell
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  1. 1.Marine Research LaboratoryUniversity of AucklandNew Zealand

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