Relative gut lengths of coral reef butterflyfishes (Pisces: Chaetodontidae)

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/566026
Title:
Relative gut lengths of coral reef butterflyfishes (Pisces: Chaetodontidae)
Authors:
Berumen, Michael L. ( 0000-0003-2463-2742 ) ; Pratchett, Morgan S.; Goodman, Brett Alexander
Abstract:
Variation in gut length of closely related animals is known to generally be a good predictor of dietary habits. We examined gut length in 28 species of butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae), which encompass a wide range of dietary types (planktivores, omnivores, and corallivores). We found general dietary patterns to be a good predictor of relative gut length, although we found high variation among groups and covariance with body size. The longest gut lengths are found in species that exclusively feed on the living tissue of corals, while the shortest gut length is found in a planktivorous species. Although we tried to control for phylogeny, corallivory has arisen multiple times in this family, confounding our analyses. The butterflyfishes, a speciose family with a wide range of dietary habits, may nonetheless provide an ideal system for future work studying gut physiology associated with specialization and foraging behaviors. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
KAUST Department:
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Coral Reefs
Issue Date:
17-Jun-2011
DOI:
10.1007/s00338-011-0791-x
Type:
Article
ISSN:
07224028
Sponsors:
This project was funded in part by a National Science Foundation (USA) Graduate Research Fellowship to MLB.
Appears in Collections:
Articles; Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

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dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
dc.contributor.authorPratchett, Morgan S.en
dc.contributor.authorGoodman, Brett Alexanderen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-12T09:00:03Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-12T09:00:03Zen
dc.date.issued2011-06-17en
dc.identifier.issn07224028en
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00338-011-0791-xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/566026en
dc.description.abstractVariation in gut length of closely related animals is known to generally be a good predictor of dietary habits. We examined gut length in 28 species of butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae), which encompass a wide range of dietary types (planktivores, omnivores, and corallivores). We found general dietary patterns to be a good predictor of relative gut length, although we found high variation among groups and covariance with body size. The longest gut lengths are found in species that exclusively feed on the living tissue of corals, while the shortest gut length is found in a planktivorous species. Although we tried to control for phylogeny, corallivory has arisen multiple times in this family, confounding our analyses. The butterflyfishes, a speciose family with a wide range of dietary habits, may nonetheless provide an ideal system for future work studying gut physiology associated with specialization and foraging behaviors. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project was funded in part by a National Science Foundation (USA) Graduate Research Fellowship to MLB.en
dc.publisherSpringer Natureen
dc.subjectChaetodontidaeen
dc.subjectCorallivoryen
dc.subjectPapua New Guineaen
dc.subjectRelative gut lengthen
dc.titleRelative gut lengths of coral reef butterflyfishes (Pisces: Chaetodontidae)en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)en
dc.identifier.journalCoral Reefsen
dc.contributor.institutionBiology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australiaen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, United Statesen
kaust.authorBerumen, Michael L.en
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