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Project: Evolutionary adaptiveness for a highly specialised feeding niche: algae scraping in tropical catfish

project duration
01-OCT-07 – 30-SEP-13
abstract
In this project the evolution towards a highly specialised feeding apparatus, i.e. that for algae scraping by means of a sucker mouth, will be studied. Such a high level of specialized feeding has only been observed in tadpoles and tropical catfishes. With a multidisciplinary appraoch, this projects objectives are to study the ontogeny, function and evolution of such an algae scraping apparatus in three families of traopical catfishes.