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

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. This project theme draws on new and published information to explore whether reef fish phenotypes are specialised towards certain coastal habitat types, and how these traits and patterns of habitat association may have evolved in tropical reef fishes.