The chaetodontid butterflyfishes are conspicuous, well-studied inhabitants of tropical reefs and, as such, their study has advanced our understanding of the reef ecosystem. Whereas previous studies have mostly centered on their behavior and ecology, this symposium volume addresses some of the most interesting questions of reef fish biology by focusing on the biology of this family. Rather than a reiteration of past work, the book presents the latest research in feeding and social behavior, larval recruitment and distribution, biogeography and distribution, systematics and evolution, coloration, reproduction and anatomy. From regional distributions to worldwide patterns, the authors relate studies on this family to other reef fishes, and each makes suggestions for future studies. The symposium organizer and editor Philip Motta summarizes the works of these seventeen international participants by pointing out the areas of strength and weakness in the understanding of the group and direction for future studies is given.
Biogeography of the Chaetodontidae: an analysis of allopatry among closely related species.- Circumtropical patterns in butterflyfish communities.- Correlations between chaetodontid fishes and coral communities of the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea).- Environmental determinants of butterflyfish social systems.- Orientation behavior of butterflyfishes (family Chaetodontidae) on coral reefs: spacial learning of route specific landmarks and cognitive maps.- Larval biology of butterflyfishes (Pisces, Chaetodontidae): what do we really know?.- Implications of feeding specialization on the recruitment processes and community structure of butterflyfishes.- Sexual differentiation, gonad development, and spawning seasonality of the Hawaiian butterflyfish, Chaetodon multicinctus.- Spawning behavior of Chaetodon multicinctus (Chaetodontidae); pairs and intruders.- Aspects of the spawning of western Atlantic butterflyfishes (Pisces: Chaetodontidae).- Eye camouflage and false eyespots: chaetodontid responses to predators.- Dentition patterns among Pacific and Western Atlantic butterflyfishes (Perciformes, Chaetodontidae): relationship to feeding ecology and evolutionary history.- Prey selection by coral-feeding butterflyfishes: strategies to maximize the profit.- Temporal and areal feeding behavior of the butterflyfish, Chaetodon trifascialis, at Johnston Atoll.- Feeding habits of Japanese butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae).- The brain organization of butterflyfishes.- The eye muscles and their innervation in Chaetodon trifasciatus (Pisces, Teleostei, Chaetodontidae).- The membranous labyrinth and its innervation in Chaetodon trifasciatus (Pisces, Teleostei, Chaetodontidae).- Strengths and weaknesses in butterflyfish research: concluding remarks.- Species and subject index.
Series: Theory and Applications of Transport in Porous Media
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: June 1989
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78
Weight (kg): 0.67