The Strangest Animal Mating Rituals You’ll Ever Hear About

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Cichlid Fish

Source: Tropical Fish Site

By shaking his body profusely, the male entices the female back to the rock or spawning area which has been dug out, and if she disregards his behavior, she will be chased, but if she accepts, they will proceed. Once there, they swim in circles as he tempts her to lay her eggs. After her eggs have been laid she carries them in her mouth. He will shake the spots on his anal fin which resembles her eggs, tempting her to open her mouth to retrieve these fake eggs of his whereby he will fertilize the ones in her mouth in a process that lasts about an hour.

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