HISTORICAL TRANSFORMATION OF FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: EVOLUTIONARY MORPHOLOGY OF FEEDING MECHANISMS IN LORICARIOID CATFISHES

@article{Schaefer1986HISTORICALTO,
  title={HISTORICAL TRANSFORMATION OF FUNCTIONAL DESIGN: EVOLUTIONARY MORPHOLOGY OF FEEDING MECHANISMS IN LORICARIOID CATFISHES},
  author={S. Schaefer and G. Lauder},
  journal={Systematic Biology},
  year={1986},
  volume={35},
  pages={489-508}
}
The current hypothesis of relationship among the Loricarioidea (a diverse group of Neotropical catfishes) is used as the basis for a case study of historical transformation in the feeding mechanism in this monophyletic clade. The historical approach to functional mor- phology is discussed and is used in this analysis as a means of examining the evolutionary sequence of structure-function transformation. The distribution of structural novelties in the feeding mechanism and their functional… Expand
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