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Niche partitioning of feeding microhabitats produces a unique function for herbivorous rabbitfishes (Perciformes, Siganidae) on coral reefs

Bathgate (previously Fox), Rebecca; Bellwood, David


Niche theory predicts that coexisting species minimise competition by evolving morphological or behavioural specialisations that allow them to spread out along resource axes such as space, diet and temporal activity. These specialisations define how a species interacts with its environment and, by extension, determine its functional role. Here, we examine the feeding niche of three species of coral reef-dwelling rabbitfishes (Siganidae, Siganus). By comparing aspects of their feeding behaviour...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Coral Reefs
DOI: 10.1007/s00338-012-0945-5


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