Ecology and evolution of coral- and seaweed-associated tropical reef fishes

Xenojulis & Macropharyngodon

Description

Coral reefs support one of the most diverse communities of vertebrates on Earth, yet our understanding of the mechanisms that underpin this diversity are limited. Habitat niches are believed to be a major contributor to phenotypic differentiation among vertebrates. Lucy's Honours project will draw on new and published information to explore whether the phenotypes of closely-related reef fish taxa (Macropharyngodon & Xenojulis) are specialised towards either coral reef or seaweed meadow habitats, and how these traits and patterns of habitat association may have evolved in this diverse group of tropical reef fishes.

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