Did you know…

Paratilapia polleni. Photo by MidgleyDJ

Paratilapia polleni. Photo by MidgleyDJ

Paratilapia polleni is one of the cichlid species from Madagascar. Like other cichlids, P. polleni will excavate a pit in order to spawn. Here is where P. polleni differentiates itself from other egg layers. Its eggs aren’t sticky so they wont adhere to a particular surface. Instead, the eggs have a long fibrous filament with attaches itself to other eggs resulting in a long strand. The female then fans the strand onto itself repeatedly creating a large mass of up to one thousand eggs. This mass can be moved by the female as long as it doesn’t get tangled in roots or other underwater obstacles.

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