This animation displays courtship looping and circling, spawning ascent, and nuzzling in fish mating behaviors. The animation starts with two libidinous male poker fish (the reddish ones) swimming towards one female poker fish. When the two males encounter the female, they begin courtship looping in the hope of attracting her attention, while she hovers and bobs her head trying to decide which one to choose. The smaller male loses the competition for her attention and turns away to `flirt' with one of the female yellow butterfly fish. The victor proudly continues his up and down looping, while in the background scene the two striped emperor angelfish have just completed their courtship circling and the female starts her spawning ascent to the surface of the water. As the camera brings us closer to the pair of angelfish, we see that the male follows the ascending female and nuzzles her abdomen as she hovers. The camera rolls back to the pair of poker fish to show the last part of their courtship circling. Upon completion of the circling, the female ascends and the male follows to nuzzle her. After three successful nudges, the mating sequence ends and the male and female part.
|Xiaoyuan Tu||January 1996|