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Morphofunctional analysis of the feeding apparatus in four Pomacentridae species: Dascyllus aruanus, Chromis retrofasciata, Chrysiptera biocellata and C. unimaculata
Gluckmann, I.; Vandewalle, P. (1998). Morphofunctional analysis of the feeding apparatus in four Pomacentridae species: Dascyllus aruanus, Chromis retrofasciata, Chrysiptera biocellata and C. unimaculata. Ital. J. Zoolog. 65(Supplement 1): 421-424. hdl.handle.net/10.1080/11250009809386858
In: Italian Journal of Zoology. Taylor & Francis/Mucchi Editore: Modena. ISSN 1125-0003, more
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Keywords
    Pisces [WoRMS]; Pomacentridae Bonaparte, 1831 [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Pisces; Pomacentridae; Feeding apparatus; Osteology

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  • Gluckmann, I.
  • Vandewalle, P., more

Abstract
    Pomacentrids display a significant biodiversity through a variety of sympatric species with various feeding habits. The use of ecomorphological methods, based on the study of skeletal and muscular structures of the feeding apparatus could result in a better understanding of the adaptive radiation of this family. Significant differences in teeth and in the shape and thickened areas of the different bones were observed. The strongest structures occur in species which had teeth characteristic of suction feeding, and the weakest structures in species with biting teeth.

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