Functional consequences and ecological implications of extreme morphological specialisations: form and function of the feeding apparatus in syngnathid fishes

01 January 2007 → 30 December 2012
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Evolutionary biology
    • Genetics
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
extreme adaptions syngnathidae feeding
Project description

Seahorses are very famous fishes, in contrast to the lack of knowledge on the morphology of them and their allies, the pipefishes. Current knowledge on the adaptive morphology of the feeding apparatus, in relation to the extremely fast suction feeding is lacking. This project aims to study the implications of extreme trophic specialisations on the functional and ecological versatility of feeding performance, and thus resilience to a changing environment.