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dc.contributor.authorBerumen, Michael L.
dc.contributor.authorPratchett, Morgan S.
dc.contributor.authorGoodman, Brett Alexander
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-12T09:00:03Z
dc.date.available2015-08-12T09:00:03Z
dc.date.issued2011-06-17
dc.identifier.citationBerumen, M. L., Pratchett, M. S., & Goodman, B. A. (2011). Relative gut lengths of coral reef butterflyfishes (Pisces: Chaetodontidae). Coral Reefs, 30(4), 1005–1010. doi:10.1007/s00338-011-0791-x
dc.identifier.issn07224028
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00338-011-0791-x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/566026
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.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project was funded in part by a National Science Foundation (USA) Graduate Research Fellowship to MLB.
dc.publisherSpringer Nature
dc.subjectChaetodontidae
dc.subjectCorallivory
dc.subjectPapua New Guinea
dc.subjectRelative gut length
dc.titleRelative gut lengths of coral reef butterflyfishes (Pisces: Chaetodontidae)
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.identifier.journalCoral Reefs
dc.contributor.institutionBiology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, United States
dc.contributor.institutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville QLD 4811, Australia
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, United States
kaust.personBerumen, Michael L.
dc.date.published-online2011-06-17
dc.date.published-print2011-12


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