One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A freshwater cichlid fish which protects its eggs (and in some cases its young) by carrying them in its mouth.
Sarotherodon and other genera, family Cichlidae
- ‘A lot of Tilapia species are male mouthbrooders, hence the male will pick up the eggs once he has fertilized them.’
- ‘Like them, they are polygamous mouthbrooders with no pair bonds and a tendency to harass females.’
- ‘Also from what I've heard, keyholes, festivum and kribs are not mouthbrooders; can you confirm this?’
- ‘But his head did not look swollen, like so many other mouthbrooders do when they are holding eggs or fry.’
- ‘Some mouthbrooders deposit their eggs on the substrate where they look after them until the Larvae hatch.’
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