Research

The laboratory of Functional and Evolutionary Morphology has a long tradition in the study of musculo-skeletal systems. The starting point of our unit research concerns the ecomorphology. We aim to understand the (functional) morphology and evolution of Teleost fishes and Arthropods in order to understand how organisms can adapt to their (changing) environment. We use as most as possible multidisciplinary approaches by combining comparative and experimental methods of analysis, studies in the laboratory and in the field to describe and understand at best the relationships between the animal performance, its behavior and its environment.

 

Research topics

CARAPIDAE 

Study of the relationships between Carapidae fishes (Ophidiiformes) and their invertebrate hosts (sea cucumber, sea star, bivalve, etc.)

 DEVELOPMENT

Study of the ontogeny of the skeleton and the musculature during the development of feeding and swimming functions

 

POMACENTRIDAE

Study of the different factors explaining the biodiversity in Pomacentridae

SOUND PRODUCTION

Study of the acoustic communication and its mechanism in different teleost taxa 

Pomacentridae 

Ophidiiforms 

Piranha

 

LATERAL LINE

Study of the mechanism and role of the lateral line and inner ear in fishes

 SYMBIOSIS

Synthesis on symbiotic relationships (commensalism, parasitism, predation, mutualism, parasitoidism, etc.)

 

 ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE IMPACT

Study of the impact of the environmental noise in the settlement of reef fishes.