Reproductive Biology

Eggs and larvae are pelagic, as are juveniles until they reach about 2 in (5 cm) in length. Adults are more demersal. In the eastern Atlantic, snipefish spawn on the continental shelf, over seamounts, and near islands between October and March. Larvae and juveniles remain in the surface layers during the day but migrate vertically to deeper water at night. At about 2 in (5 cm), some three months old, individuals move closer to the bottom.

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