For sex-changing fish, size matters in urchin battle

December 15, 2014 9:37 AM

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For sex-changing fish, size matters in urchin battle

A sex-changing California fish is growing bigger and gobbling up more sea urchins after a decade of being protected from fishing, a new study finds.

In the Channel Islands offshore Southern California, the sheephead fish population has bounced back from overfishing since marine protected areas were established around the islands in 2002. Biologists are finding more large males and more egg-producing (larger) females.

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