Reproductive Biology

Reach sexual maturity at approximately 3.9-4.7 in (10-12 cm) standard length. Spawns January through October. The eggs are about 0.09 in (2.3 mm) long and 0.02 in (0.63 mm) wide. Hatching starts at about 41 hours after fertilization, reaching its peak about 60-70 hours after fertilization. The males care for the eggs and guard the newly hatched fry. The larvae are initially pelagic but change to a more benthic habitat after about 25-30 days, becoming quite sedentary after about 40 days.

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