Integrated performance trade off in cichlid heads: feeding versus mouth brooding

01 January 2011 → 31 December 2014
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Evolutionary biology
    • General biology
    • Genetics
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Social medical sciences
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
evolutionary trade-offs feeding mouth brooding cichilden
Project description

Evolution moulds phenotypes, where trade-offs exist at the structural and functional level. They can be considered playing an important role for those systems that are involved in different functions with potential conflicting demands for increased performance. This project focuses on the the buccal system in mouthbrooding cichild fishes, performing in feeding, respiration, agonistic display, nest building and mouthbrooding. We analyse structural, functional and physiological trade-offs in the buccel system of hapmochromine species of lake Victoria.