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Aquarium breeds rare goby fish in 'species first'

Hundreds of rare goby fish have been bred at an aquarium in Devon in what is believed to be the first instance of the species being successfully produced in captivity.

Hundreds of rare goby fish have been bred at an aquarium in Devon. Credit: PA

The colourful fish, which are covered in bright red and orange 'leopard' spots, were bred at Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay.

Gobies were virtually unknown around the British coast until the introduction of modern scuba equipment.

The species is native to the south west of England, with further populations reported in the north east of the country.

It is believed to be the first time the species has been successfully bred in captivity Credit: PA

Jenny Youngs, who is rearing the tiny hatchlings at Blue Reef's aquarium nursery, said: "Leopard spot gobies are definitely one of the most attractive of our native species.

"Their bright markings are all the more unusual as most other members of the goby family are far more drably coloured to match their rocky or sandy habitat."We're looking after literally hundreds of microscopic hatchlings with even more due to hatch out any day.