Are there any saltwater fish species that lay eggs?

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    Fish in general reproduce by eggs meeting sperm, so, in a sense, all of them “lay” eggs. However, many saltwater fish release their eggs not by traditionally laying them, like hens into a nest, but by squirting them into the water, where they meet with similarly released sperm.

    However, some do actually lay their eggs in the true sense of the word. Clownfish are one such species. The female will lay her eggs in a safe area, and both parents will take turns fighting off predators. The male will often be the one who tends to the eggs as well. Damselfish also lay eggs in small batches, and the parents will similarly fight off predators.

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