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"Look at this psychedelic frogfish I made! Isn’t it rad?”
“Wow, that’s a pretty cool pattern. Wait, what is it doing?”
“Don’t you think it’s pretty?”
“Yeah, but why can’t it swim right?”
“What do you mean?”
“Its tail isn’t straight and it’s hurling itself against rocks, evolution.”
“Oh. Right. That.”
“Well, I spent so long doing the pretty lines, I sort of… ran out of time to work on locomotion.”
“Ran out of time? You had millions of years!”
“There are a lot of lines, okay?”
Some species of cardinalfish are mouthbrooders, meaning that they incubate their eggs inside their mouths. In cardinalfish, this task is performed only by the males.
After spawning, the male gathers the eggs and places them in his mouth. During this period of several weeks, he cannot eat and will survive on stored energy. The ball of eggs are rotated inside the mouth periodically to evenly expose the eggs to aerated air.
Mouthbrooding offers physical and environmental protection for the eggs, as they are inside the relative safety of the fish’s mouth.
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