Reproduction of Macropodus opercularis
Document source:
Main Ref. Balon, E.K., 1990
Mode dioecism
Fertilization external
Mating type
Spawning frequency
Batch spawner Ref.  
Reproductive guild guarders
Parental Care
Description of life cycle and mating behavior The species is a bubble-nest builder; the male swims to the surface, draws a little air into his mouth and envelops it in a film of saliva thereby forming bubbles; upon building the nest, the male drives the female towards it; female spawns then male follows; male picks up the fertilized eggs in his mouth and pushes one by one into each bubble of the nest; male guards eggs until hatching (Ref. 5258). Produces up to 500 eggs (Ref. 1672).
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Entered by Torres, Armi G. on 03.30.93
Modified by Casal, Christine Marie V. on 08.04.06
Checked by Torres, Armi G. on 03.16.96
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