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A yellow-headed jawfish with brood

Fatherly Love

The male yellow-headed jawfish is tasked with a disproportionate amount of parental care. They protect their egg brood by holding them in their mouth, only spitting the eggs out intermittently to flush them with oxygen-rich water. 

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