Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140104161 [ 2014 - 2016 ]

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Researchers Prof John Long; A/Prof Katherine Trinajstic; Dr Lars Schmitz; Dr Zerina Johanson; Dr Gavin Young; Prof Dr Min Zhu;

Brief description This project aims to discover primary new data to pinpoint the timing, anatomical origins and phylogenetic significance when two key sensory systems first appeared in modern vertebrates: electroreception and specialised nocturnal vision. Such abilities today allow high diversity of vertebrates to co-exist within the same geographical range, for example on tropical reefs or rainforest communities, through careful temporal niche partitioning where reliance on other sensory systems takes over from vision and olfaction as the principal method of prey detection. This project aims to elucidate how the modern fish diversity was shaped by such significant early evolutionary events.

Funding Amount 347000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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