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Resolution of ray-finned fish phylogeny and timing of diversification
  • T. Near, R. Eytan, W. Smith
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 6 August 2012
Ray-finned fishes make up half of all living vertebrate species. Nearly all ray-finned fishes are teleosts, which include most commercially important fish species, several model organisms for
Phylogeny and tempo of diversification in the superradiation of spiny-rayed fishes
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Analysis of clade-specific shifts in diversification rates reveal that the hyperdiversity of living acanthomorphs is highlighted by several rapidly radiating lineages including tunas, gobies, blennies, snailfishes, and Afro-American cichlids, indicating there is no single explanation for the success of acanthomorphics.
TESTING FOR DIFFERENT RATES OF CONTINUOUS TRAIT EVOLUTION USING LIKELIHOOD
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General predictions regarding changes in phenotypic diversity as a function of evolutionary history and rates are developed, and tests are derived to evaluate rate changes, showing that these tests are more powerful than existing tests using standardized contrasts.
Predicting patterns of prey use from morphology of fishes
SynopsisEcomorphological analyses that search for patterns of association between morphological and prey-use data sets will have a greater chance of understanding the causal relationships between
Molecular and fossil evidence place the origin of cichlid fishes long after Gondwanan rifting
  • M. Friedman, B. Keck, T. Near
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 7 November 2013
TLDR
The results provide a revised macroevolutionary time scale for cichlids, imply a role for dispersal in generating the observed geographical distribution of this important model clade and add to a growing debate that questions the dominance of the vicariance paradigm of historical biogeography.
Evaluating the use of ram and suction during prey capture by cichlid fishes.
TLDR
Diversity in prey-capture behavior was found to reflect differences among species in the strategy used to approach prey, interpreted as the result of an expected exponential decline in water velocity with distance from the mouth of the suction-feeding predator.
The evolution of pharyngognathy: a phylogenetic and functional appraisal of the pharyngeal jaw key innovation in labroid fishes and beyond.
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This study provides a surprising, but well-supported, hypothesis for a convict-blenny sister group to the charismatic cichlids and new insights into the evolution of pharyngognathy.
MORPHOLOGY AND ECOLOGY: FUNCTIONAL BASIS OF FEEDING CONSTRAINTS IN CARIBBEAN LABRID FISHES'
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This study examines the role of functional morphology of the feeding ap- paratus in constraining the food habits of Caribbean wrasses (Labridae) in the genus Hal- ichoeres by analyzing the intestinal contents of fishes collected from the Belizean barrier reef.
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