In this project the evolution towards a highly gespecialised feeding apparatus, i.e. that for algae scraping by means of a sucker muth, will be studied. Such a high level of specialized feeding has only been observed in tadpoles and tropical catfishes. With a multidisciplinary approach, this projects objectives are to study the ontogeny, function and evolution of such an algae scraping apparatus in three families of tropical catfishes.
algae scraping, south american catfishes, trophic adaptations
|Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates||leader|
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