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A female Pharaoh Cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis, hovers near a rocky reef while 2 males compete for her attention. The dominant male maintains close contact with the female to deny competing males an opportunity to mate with her. During such courtship rivalries, males display spectacular, rapidly changing color patterns, probably meant to intimidate their rivals. Richelieu Rock, Thailand, Andaman Sea
A female Pharaoh Cuttlefish, Sepia pharaonis, hovers near a rocky reef while 2 males compete for her attention. The dominant male maintains close contact with the female to deny competing males an opportunity to mate with her. During such courtship rivalries, males display spectacular, rapidly changing color patterns, probably meant to intimidate their rivals. Richelieu Rock, Thailand, Andaman Sea
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