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Original Male 2

Original Male 2

Long story! This little male is the middle frogfish in the frogfish spawning foursome photo. He was the original male and spawned with that female solo before the other two males showed up. The pink male on top was the most aggressive male and eventually chased off the original male and also the red male. The aggressive male spawned once with the original male nearby. He rose up with the female and when he was finished fertilizing the eggs the original male swam up to the egg raft and fertilized them, as well! After that the aggressive male spawned solo with the female until she left the area.
Over a month later and very far away from the original spot, I found this male again with a female mate that is possibly the original female.
You can see him in the above photos "Frogfish Couple"(from December) and "Spawning Frogfish"(March).

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