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The role of the reef flat in coral reef trophodynamics: Past, present, and future
The acquisition of key locomotor and feeding traits has enabled fishes to access the trophic benefits of the reef flat, outweighing the costs imposed by water movement, predation, and sediments, and the results highlight the evolutionary and ecological benefits of occupying shallow‐water habitats.
A morphological and functional basis for maximum prey size in piscivorous fishes
Despite examining all known potential morphological constraints on prey size, horizontal maxillary oral gape in a mechanically stretched position appears to be the main morphological variable that is likely to affect maximum prey size and resource use by these predatory species.
Morphological and functional diversity of piscivorous fishes on coral reefs
A morphological assessment of piscivorous coral reef fishes based on a comparative analysis of 119 species finds that head length, premaxilla–maxilla (pmx–mx) length, body depth, and eye size mark the primary axis of variation among species.
Functional implications of dentition-based morphotypes in piscivorous fishes
- Michalis Mihalitsis, D. Bellwood
- Environmental Science, GeographyRoyal Society Open Science
- 1 September 2019
A quantitative framework is provided and dentition-based morphotypes for piscivorous fishes are established and it is suggested that tooth-based functional decoupling could exist, even in homodont vertebrates, where teeth have similar shapes.
A functional evaluation of feeding in the surgeonfish Ctenochaetus striatus: the role of soft tissues
- S. B. Tebbett, C. Goatley, Víctor Huertas, Michalis Mihalitsis, D. Bellwood
- Environmental ScienceRoyal Society Open Science
- 1 January 2018
It is found that C. striatus from the Great Barrier Reef possess a retention plate on their palates immediately posterior to the premaxillary teeth which is soft, covered in a thin veneer of keratin with a papillate surface, which acts primarily as a ‘dustpan’, in a ’dustpan and brush’ feeding mechanism, to facilitate the collection of particulate material from algal turfs.
The role of fishes as food: A functional perspective on predator–prey interactions
Functional groups in piscivorous fishes
A functional classification for piscivorous fishes delineating patterns, which transcend habitats, that may help explain size structures in fish communities is provided.
Are fish communities on coral reefs becoming less colourful?
- C. Hemingson, Michalis Mihalitsis, D. Bellwood
- Environmental ScienceGlobal change biology
- 16 March 2022
An organism's colouration is often linked to the environment in which it lives. The fishes that inhabit coral reefs are extremely diverse in colouration, but the specific environmental factors that…
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A snapshot of sediment dynamics on an inshore coral reef