NANFA-- nest on demand

R. W. Wolff (
Sun, 22 Jun 2003 21:17:30 -0500

In the gar river pond, a male green sunfish was so interested in spawning,
he gave up on trying to drive the female to his nest. He had built a nest
next to shore in about four inches of water. The female came up there a
couple times, and I think they spawned. Later on she just didn't seem to
want to budge from less than a foot of water. The male gave up, and started
spawning with no nest right there. Later I came back, he had dug somewhat of
a pit and they were spawning in that. This was pretty interesting behavior,
since in a way, the female picked the nest site. The fish were evenly
matched in size, but the female much more robust. One other reason I can see
her not going to the nest was he was not a very colorful male, in comparison
to other non nesting males in the pond.

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