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17 May 2023

John Dory Fish in Nemo’s Garden

Zeus faber reproductive habits

Liguria, Italy, about 40 metres off the coast of Noli divers come across several domes moored to the seabed. This structure, called Nemo’s Garden, represents the world’s first underwater greenhouse and has also become the habitat for numerous marine species.

Here, between spring and summer, it is possible to encounter the John Dory Fish (Zeus faber). This species generally lives at greater depths but during this period rise to shallower waters to reproduce. This fish can live up to 17 to 18 years of age, and sexual maturity occurs between 4 and 5 years. Females reaches larger size than males and prefer warmer waters to reproduce; younger individuals can travel great distances to give birth to new offspring while older ones tend to be more sedentary.


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