Unravelling the phylogenetic and ecological drivers of beak shape variability in cephalopods

Antoni Sánchez-Márquez, Joan Navarro, Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou, Marc Farré, Morag Taite, Oscar Escolar, Roger Villanueva, A. Louise Allcock, Fernando Fernández-Álvarez*

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

5 Dyfyniadau (Scopus)
70 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)


Cephalopod beaks are essential for prey acquisition and fragmentation during feeding. Thus, it is expected that ecological pressures affect cephalopod beak shape. From a practical perspective, these structures are also used to identify gut contents of marine megafauna, such as toothed whales, sharks, seabirds, and large pelagic fishes. Here, we investigated the relative importance of ecological pressures and phylogenetic relatedness in the evolution of beak shape using a wide range of Mediterranean cephalopod species. Phylogenetic analyses based on complete mitogenomes and nuclear ribosomal genes provided a well-supported phylogeny among the 18 included cephalopods. Geometric morphometric and stable isotope methods were implemented to describe interspecific beak shape and trophic niche variability, respectively. Phylogenetic signal was detected in the shape of both parts of the beak (upper and lower). However, lower beak shape was more distinct among closely related species, in line with the empirical notion that lower beak morphology is more useful as an identification tool in cephalopods. Interestingly, no association between beak shape and trophic niche (stable isotope values) was found. These results suggest that the evolution of cephalopod beak shape as quantified here is mainly driven by phylogenetic relationships, while feeding habits play a minor role. Graphical abstract:
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)221-239
Nifer y tudalennau19
CyfnodolynReviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries
Rhif cyhoeddi1
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar06 Rhag 2022
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 01 Maw 2023

Ôl bys

Gweld gwybodaeth am bynciau ymchwil 'Unravelling the phylogenetic and ecological drivers of beak shape variability in cephalopods'. Gyda’i gilydd, maen nhw’n ffurfio ôl bys unigryw.

Dyfynnu hyn