auxiliary brooder

auxiliary brooder
a reproductive guild (q.v.) where adhesive eggs are carried in clusters or balls on the spongy skin of the belly, the back, under the pectoral or pelvic fins, or on a hook in the supraoccipital region, or encircled within cols of the female\'s body. Embryonic respiratory circulation and pigments are well develped, e.g. Xenopoecilus oophorus, Kurtus gulliveri, Loricaria piracicalae

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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