RE: NANFA-- Columbus Zoo request

Hoover, Jan J WES (HOOVERJ_at_wes.army.mil)
Thu, 4 May 2000 14:30:41 -0500

>>>One female of pirate perch was releasing eggs three times in one of my
tanks, each time in end of December or beginning of January at 10-14C. Each
year only one portion of eggs was released. This female obviously was
convinced that it is an early breeding species.<<<

Along with mud sunfish, pirate perch are one of our earlier spawning
species. In the wetlands of the Cache River, Ark, pirate perch spawn
Feb-May. In North Carolina, pirate perch spawn Jan-Mar. A histological
study in Pennsylvania documented spawning during the first two weeks in Apr
but indicated that the gonads had ripened much earlier (somes testes were
mature in Nov).

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