Damselfishes (Pomacentridae) are highly conspicuous, diurnal inhabitants of mainly reef areas, capturing the attention of many scientists. Their high diversity and the many interesting characteristics dealing with their way of life (sound production, breeding biology, sex change, farming and gregarious behavior, settlement, diet, habitat) easily explain how this group is continually kept in the limelight and is the subject of numerous studies. This book gathers the data dealing with damselfish morphology, physiology, behavior, ecology and phylogeny.It contains 14 chapters written by renowned scientists.
Meet the Damselfishes. A Revised Damselfish Taxonomy with a Description of the Tribe Microspathodontini (Giant Damselfishes). Reproduction and Larval Recruitment in Damselfishes. Sex Change Strategies and Group Structure of Damselfishes. Habitat-use and Specialisation among Coral Reef Damselfishes. Farming Behaviour by Territorial Damselfishes. Trophic Ecology of Damselfishes. Ontogeny and Early Life Stages of Damselfishes. Ecomorphology and Iterative Ecological Radiation of Damselfishes. Sound Production in Damselfishes. Hearing in Damselfishes. Clownfishes. Vision and Colour Diversity in Damselfishes. Cerato-Mandibular Ligament: A Key Trait in Damselfishes?