The trophic ecology of reef fishes: the cnidarian challenge

Huertas Martín, Víctor (2021) The trophic ecology of reef fishes: the cnidarian challenge. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Víctor Huertas explored the trophic ecology of cnidarian-feeding labrids to understand how these fishes overcome the difficulties associated with a diet of corals or jellyfish. He described the evolution of two highly modified oral jaw structures that confers an extraordinary ability to secrete mucus which enables fishes to exploit this unusual diet. This work offers a new view of the importance of corals and coral feeding fishes.

Item ID: 70815
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Coral reefs, Corallivory, Fish lips, Functional morphology, Labridae, Mucus, Planktivory, Trophic ecology, Tubelip wrasses
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2021 Víctor Huertas Martín.
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Four publications arising from this thesis are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU, at the time of processing. Please see the Related URLs. The publications are:

Chapter 2: Huertas, Victor, and Bellwood, David R. (2017) Mucus-secreting lips offer protection to suction-feeding corallivorous. Current Biology, 27 (11). R406-R407.

Chapter 3: Huertas, Victor, and Bellwood, David R. (2018) Feeding innovations and the first coral-feeding fishes. Coral Reefs, 37 (3). pp. 649-658.

Chapter 4: Huertas, Victor, and Bellwood, David R. (2020) Trophic separation in planktivorous reef fishes: a new role for mucus? Oecologia, 192 (3). pp. 813-822.

Chapter 6: Huertas Martin, Victor, Morais, Renato A., Bonaldo, Roberta M., and Bellwood, David R. (2021) Parrotfish corallivory on stress-tolerant corals in the Anthropocene. PLoS ONE, 16 (9). e0250725.

Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2021 05:28
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 100%
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