Day: 2012.01.04

An Answer to a Question I Keep Forgetting to Ask

Male jawfishThe Christian Science Monitor offers up a gallery of the strangest fish in the oceans, including the male jawfish, pictured at right. The caption accompanying this photo answers a question I always forget to ask:

A male jawfish is seen with eggs in his mouth in the Philippines. After mating, the female jawfish gives the eggs to the male. The fish are known as mouthbreeders.

And now I know what a mouthbreeder is.

No, really. I suppose I always thought it was an insult referring to poor oral hygiene among British folks, or maybe American backwaters. You know, tooth decay, microbial growth, and all that?

More fool me, I guess. Until today.