The functional ecology of fish predation on coral reefs

Mihalitsis, Michalis (2022) The functional ecology of fish predation on coral reefs. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Michalis Mihalitsis studied fish predation on coral reefs. Fish predators feed in fundamentally different ways. The main predators on reefs are completely different from the ones previously considered, suggesting the need for a paradigm shift in this field. His results have significant implications for how we understand reef function.

Item ID: 75601
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: capture, coral reefs, cryptobenthic, ecomorphology, ecomorphotype, engulfer, fin shape, functional morphology, functional traits, gape, grabber, morphology, mortality, nocturnal, piscivory, predation, prey size, social, solitary, strike, teeth
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2022 Michalis Mihalitsis.
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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: Mihalitsis, Michalis, and Bellwood, David R. (2019) Morphological and functional diversity of piscivorous fishes on coral reefs. Coral Reefs, 38 (5). pp. 945-954.

Chapter 3: Mihalitsis, Michalis, and Bellwood, David (2019) Functional implications of dentition-based morphotypes in piscivorous fishes. Royal Society Open Science, 6 (9). 190040.

Chapter 4: Mihalitsis, Michalis, and Bellwood, David R. (2021) Functional groups in piscivorous fishes. Ecology and Evolution, 11 (18). pp. 12765-12778.

Chapter 5: Mihalitsis, Michalis, Hemingson, Christopher R., Goatley, Christopher H.R., and Bellwood, David R. (2021) The role of fishes as food: a functional perspective on predator–prey interactions. Functional Ecology, 35 (5). pp. 1109-1119.

Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 01:08
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410203 Ecosystem function @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3109 Zoology > 310907 Animal physiological ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 100%
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