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While natural selection suggests having a greater number of partners and a genetically diverse group of offspring would be most beneficial, some creatures still opt to settle down with a single partner to raise a family. This is a theory as to why.
Dolly Varden trout have adjusted their migratory patterns in order to have continued access to a preferred source of food (salmon eggs), in spite of the fact that climate changes have altered the timing of salmon spawning.
"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming." That's the advice that Dory, from Disney's Finding Nemo, gave to the father of a lost clownfish. According to a new study, that's apparently what baby clownfish do.
Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.
A team of researchers has discovered the most dedicated mother in the entire animal kingdom: a deep-sea octopus that protected and tended to her eggs for a period for 4 1/2 years until her offspring finally hatched.
Newly published research co-authored by scientists at Simon Fraser University and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation shows juvenile coho salmon benefit from dining on the distant remains of their spawning pink and chum cousins.
Research from North Carolina State University finds that dam removal improves spawning grounds for American shad and seems likely to improve survival rates for adult fish, juveniles and eggs – but for different reasons.
Whether an insect will have a male or female offspring depends on the weather.
Thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck – two scientists from National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution have identified a mysterious larval fish and the same fish in its adult stage as a new species of sea bass.
Northeastern University ecologist David Kimbro claims to have watched a lot of TV growing up, particularly The Brady Bunch. “You could kind of get a flavor for how an episode was going to turn out based on how Jan or Peter were faring—you know, the middle kids,” said Kimbro, an assistant professor in the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences.
Balistidae is a family that contains about forty species of triggerfish that can be found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world, although the greatest variety of species can be found in the Indo- Pacific region. Most triggerfish species can be found in shallow water in coastal areas, especially near coral reefs, although some can be found living in the open ocean. While some species are edible, like the grey triggerfish others are not recommended for human consumption, including...
Antennariidae is a family that holds forty-eight species of frogfish, which are actually a type of anglerfish that reside in the tropical and sub-tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Pacific Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean. Most frogfish species can be found along the ocean floor near coral or rock reefs, although the Brackishwater Frogfish can be found in both salt and fresh water and the Sargassumfish can travel as far as Norway on the drifting sargassum on which it resides. Some of the...
The hellbender salamander (Cryptoranchus alleganiensis), also known as the hellbender, is a species of giant salamander that can be found in eastern areas of North America. Its range includes the states of Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and some areas of Kansas and Oklahoma. This species is the sole member of its genus, Cryptobranchus, and is one of three living giant salamanders. The origin of the name hellbender is unknown and the species is locally known by many...
Diadema setosum is a species of long-spined sea urchin in the family Diadematidae. It’s a typical sea urchin, which exceptionally long and hollow spines that are mildly venomous. D. setosum is different from other Diadema with five distinctive white colored dots that can be found on its body. The species is located throughout the Indo-Pacific region, from Australia and Africa to Japan and the Red Sea. Although it is capable of painful stings when stepped upon, the urchin is only somewhat...
The Eccentric Sand Dollar (Dendraster excentricus) known also as the Sea-Cake, Biscuit-Urchin, Western Sand Dollar, or the Pacific Sand Dollar, is a member of the order Clypeasteroida, better known as sand dollars, a species of flattened, burrowing sea urchins located along the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Baja California. This species is an irregular echinoid that is flattened and burrows into the sand, unlike the regular echinoids, or sea urchins. It can be found living within the...
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