The evolution of siphonophore tentilla for specialized prey capture in the open ocean

  title={The evolution of siphonophore tentilla for specialized prey capture in the open ocean},
  author={Alejandro Damian-Serrano and Steven H. D. Haddock and Casey W. Dunn},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
Significance Predatory specialization is often associated with the evolution of modifications in the morphology of the prey-capture apparatus. Specialization has been considered an evolutionary “dead end” due to the constraints associated with these morphological changes. However, in predators like siphonophores, armed with modular structures used exclusively for prey capture, this assumption is challenged. Our results show that siphonophores can evolve generalism and new prey-type… 

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