Courtship and Mating Pictures

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Courtship and Mating Pictures of Marine Wildlife, Birds, Frogs, and Reptiles

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Mating selection rituals, or courtship, is the means by which, typically, a male attracts a female of the species. This courtship can consist of temporary coloration, complicated dances and movements, or fights between males for the right to mate. Several males may be in competition for one female and the right to perpetuate their species.

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Picture of reef cuttlefish mating picture of horsehsoe crabs mating picture of mating Bigeye trevally picture of mating spotted eagle ray

Picture of reef cuttlefish, Sepia latimanus, mating, Western Rocky, Andaman Sea, Myanmar

Picture #: 084663

Image of horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, a mating pair struggles to overturn themselves while battling the surf on Kitts Hummock Beach in Delaware Bay.

Picture #: 084745

Stock photo of a mating pair of Bigeye trevally, Caranx sexfasciatus, with male, lower, showing temporary breeding dark livery, Layang Layang, South China Sea, Sabah, Malaysia

Picture #: 085277

Photo of pair of spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari, mating behavior, Costa Rica, Pacific

Picture #: 093619

Picture of courtship of sting rays picture of banded guitarfish  mating picture of peacock flounders courtship picture of mating flamingo tongue snails

Picture of stingray courtship, Dasyatidae sp., male swims on top of female, Hurghada, Egypt, Red Sea

Picture #: 093720

Image of banded guitarfish, Zapteryx exasperata, mating, Cabo San Lucas, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Pacific

Picture #: 093745

Stock photo of the courtship dance of peacock flounders, Bothus lunatus, off of Coco View, Roatan, Honduras, Caribbean

Picture #: 095421

Photo of flamingo tongue snails, cyphoma gibbosum, several mating flamingo tongue snails creating a sculpture like composition, Turks and Caicos Islands, Atlantic Ocean

Picture #: 095612

picture of eared grebes in courting display picture of courtship of Pharaoh cuttlefish picture of mating nudibranchs picture of mating nurse sharks

Picture of eared grebes, Podiceps nigricollis, in courtship display, Bolsa Chica Wetlands, California

Picture #: 096349

Image of three male Pharaoh cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis, competing for the attentions of a female. The dominant male stays close to prevent a rival male from mating with her. Mergui Archipelago, Burma, Andaman Sea, Indian Ocean

Picture #: 096813

Stock photo of mating nudibranchs, Nembrotha chamberlanii, Mindoro, Philippines, Pacific

Picture #: 097869

Photo of nurse sharks, Ginglymostoma cirratum, mating pair, Florida Keys, Florida, Atlantic Ocean

Picture #: 001268

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