Reproductive Biology

Breeds from October through June. Males may establish and patrol reproductive territories, but evidence for this is inconclusive. Males defend nest cavities prior to breeding and pair with females prior to spawning for two to six days. Spawning may last several hours, during which females deposit eggs on the underside of the roof of the nest cavity before being chased out by the male. Individual females may spawn four clutches a season, with an average of nearly 14,000 eggs. After spawning, males apparently guard the nests. Although not directly observed, males may also clear detritus from nest cavities. Eggs hatch in three to six days.

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