pouch brooder

pouch brooder
a reproductive guild (q.v.) where eggs are incubated in an external marsupium (an enlarged and everted lower lip, a fin pouch, a ventral pouch covered by a membranous or bony plate). The embryonic respiratory structures and pigments are usually well-developed, e.g. Loricaria vetula, Syngnathus spp., Hippocampus spp

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