Reproductive Biology

Moves into shallow waters or rivers to spawn in the spring. The male becomes more vividly colored and develops tubercles on its ventral side. A gravid female approaches a school of males, which follows her to the substrate. Following the release of eggs and milt, the female and often the males engage in rapid wriggling, which serves to churn up the bottom and bury the eggs. No parental care for eggs or young.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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