Evolution of Trophic Types in Emperor Fishes (Lethrinus, Lethrinidae, Percoidei) Based on Cytochrome b Gene Sequence Variation

@article{Galbo2001EvolutionOT,
  title={Evolution of Trophic Types in Emperor Fishes (Lethrinus, Lethrinidae, Percoidei) Based on Cytochrome b Gene Sequence Variation},
  author={Alicia M. Lo Galbo and Kent E. Carpenter and David L. Reed},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
  year={2001},
  volume={54},
  pages={754-762}
}
Three trophic categories exist within emperor fishes, genus Lethrinus, relating to body form and dentition type. One group contains low-bodied, high speed, stalking predators with conical teeth. Another group comprises high-bodied, slow speed carnivores with molariform teeth capable of crushing hard-shelled benthic prey. A third group is also high-bodied but with conical teeth feeding mostly on small or soft-shelled benthic prey. Inferring the evolution of these trophic types within Lethrinus… CONTINUE READING