Reef fish caring for their young are taken advantage of by other fish

Source: Science Daily

Among birds, the practice of laying eggs in other birds’ nests is surprisingly common. This phenomenon, known as brood parasitism, was unknown in coral reef fish because most marine fish don’t provide any parental care at all. Now, however, biologists studying an unusual kind of coral reef fish that does care for its young have found that, sure enough, other fish are taking advantage of this to get free parental care for their offspring.