Male cardinalfish brooding eggs

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

This small Coral Cardinalfish (Siphamia corallicola) appeared to be eating a brightly coloured orange object that definitely seemed too big for it to handle. Upon closer inspection, however, it was actually a large mass of eggs that the male cardinalfish was brooding (as is typical of all cardinalfish species).

Off Sangean Island, near Komodo National Park, Indonesia

Nikon D3X, Nikkor 60mm macro, Subal ND3 housing, 2 Inon Z-240 strobes, 1/60, f32, ISO 100

by Jeff Yonover, Oregon, United States of America