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Biology of Butterflyfishes




ISBN 9781466582897
Published September 11, 2013 by CRC Press
348 Pages 16 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations

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Butterflyfishes (family Chaetodontidae) are a highly conspicuous component of fish fauna on coral reefs throughout the world. In light of their strong dependence on coral, they are often regarded as the epitome of coral reef fishes. This volume examines the ecology and conservation of coral reef butterflyfishes. It provides important insights on their evolution and key events and adaptations that have led to their proliferation within coral reef ecosystems. Key to the longevity of butterflyfishes is the evolution of coral-feeding—a central focus of the ecological chapters in this volume. The book also highlights key threats and challenges related to the conservation of butterflyfishes and ends with an overview of current and future research directions.

Table of Contents

Importance of Butterflyfishes for Understanding Reef Fishes and Reef Systems. The Origins and Diversification of Coral Reef Butterflyfishes. Functional Morphology of the Chaetodontidae. Hybridisation among Butterflyfishes. Biogeography of Butterflyfishes: A Model for Reef Fishes? Diversity in Diet and Feeding Behaviour of Butterflyfishes. Reliance on Reef Corals Versus Reef Habitats. Causes and Consequences of Dietary Specialization among Coral-Feeding Butterflyfishes. Corallivory: The Coral’s Point of View. Social Systems and Spawning Behavior Of Chaetodon Butterflyfish. Susceptibility of Butterflyfish to Habitat Disturbance: Do ‘Chaets’ Ever Prosper? Corallivorous Butterflyfishes As Ambassadors of Coral Reefs. Harvesting of Butterflyfishes for Aquarium and Artisanal Fisheries. Captive Care and Breeding of Coral Reef Butterflyfishes. Biology Of Butterflyfishes: Emerging Topics and Future Research.

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