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What is Essential Fish Habitat? Fish require healthy surroundings to survive and reproduce. Essential fish habitat includes all types of aquatic habitat—wetlands, coral reefs, seagrasses, rivers—where fish spawn, breed, feed, or grow to maturity. NOAA Fisheries works with the regional fishery management councils to identify the essential habitat for every life stage of each federally managed species using the best available scientific information. Essential fish habitat has been described for approximately 1,000 managed species to date. NOAA and the councils also identified more than 100 “habitat areas of particular concern” or HAPCs. These are considered high priority areas for conservation, management, or research because they are rare, sensitive, stressed by development, or important to ecosystem function. The Pond Habitat of the Frog The frog's habitat is in or near ponds. This is because frogs spawn in water. Frogs lay their eggs in the water. Frog's eggs are laid in clumps.
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Toads also lay their eggs in water. Toad's eggs are laid in strings. The eggs hatch out into tiny tadpoles which cling to the pond weed. The tadpoles grow larger and breathe through feather -like external gills on the side of the head. They eat the algae in the pond and other vegetable matter. They are also carnivorous and will eat frog and toad eggs and even each other.
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  • Fall '10
  • Gill, Tadpole, fish exchange gases, essential fish habitat

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