Reproductive Biology

This is a species characterized by two unusual reproductive methods. In the first, many individuals undergo sequential hermaphroditism, where some fish function first as females and then as males, called terminal males. This condition is called protogy, and species that have such individuals are called pro-togynous. Those individuals that are males from the beginning are called primary males. Some individuals remain juvenile females, a condition termed diandric. They have external fertilization and show some level of genetic variability, which is consistent with the fact that this is a generalist species with a broad distribution in the New World. No specific seasonal reproductive data or parental care information has been published.

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