Happy Valentine’s Day! Fish mating strategies

In honor of today’s celebration of love, please enjoy the first series of post for this blog on fish mating strategies!  Check back weekly for new additions to the “Fish-ionary.” Promiscuous: A mating system where both sexes have multiple partners during the breeding system.  In fishes, this is the most common mating system.  Breeders make.. read more →


Monogamy: A mating system where partners live and exclusively mate with only each other.  These pair bonds can be transitory, just for a single breeding season, extend for several years or even a lifetime.  Fish that form strong pair bonds include: American freshwater catfish, some cichlids, and many butterflyfish.  The Four-Eyed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus) is.. read more →