The origins and diversification of coral reef butterflyfishes

Bellwood, David R., and Pratchett, Morgan S. (2014) The origins and diversification of coral reef butterflyfishes. In: Pratchett, Morgan S., Berumen, Michael L., and Kapoor, B.G., (eds.) Biology of Butterflyfishes. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA, pp. 1-18.

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[Extract] The Chaetodontidae is a diverse family of percomorph fishes represented by 122 extant species, characterised by deep compressed bodies, small protruded mouths and bristle-like teeth (Allen et al., 1998). The family is dominated by fishes of the genus Chaetodon, which are among the most conspicuous inhabitants of coral reef environments. Two thirds of all butterflyfishes are found living within coral reef habitats, and many of these species feed mainly, if not exclusively, on reef-building corals (Cole et al., 2008; Cole and Pratchett, Chapter 5). Because of their reliance on corals for food, Chaetodon butterfly fishes are regarded among the most specialised and highly evolved coral reef fishes (e.g., Gosline, 1985). These fishes are inextricably linked to the corals on which they feed (Reese, 1977, 1981), but did the family originate within coral reef environments?

Item ID: 28766
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4665-8289-7
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2014 03:18
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 50%
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