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Ecomorphology of the trophic apparatus in catfishes (siluriformes)

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Dutch title: Ecomorfologie van het trofisch apparaat bij katvissen (Siluriformes)
Reference no: G038800N
Period: January 2000 till December 2003
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biomechanics; Taxonomy

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  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Afdeling Functionele Morfologie, more
  • Universiteit Antwerpen; Departement Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Functionele Morfologie, more
  • Koninklijk Museum voor Midden Afrika; Afdeling Vertebraten; Laboratorium voor Ichthyologie, more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor

Our project aims to study the hypertrophic development of the lower jaw musculature in some eel-like catfisches of the family Clariidae. The following aspects will be studied : a) detailed morphological analysis on the microscopical level b) comparative morphometric analysis of external measures c) analysis of the performance ability d) carrying out experiments whereby the preference of fishes for different types of prey can be investigated e) ecological study of the diet and parameters of the habitat choice f) systematic-taxonomic characterization of the species g) a functional-morphological study.

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