DNA metabarcoding confirms primary targets and breadth of diet for coral reef butterflyfishes

Darren Coker, Joseph DiBattista, Michael Stat, Roberto Arrigoni, James Reimer, Tullia Terraneo, Rodrigo Villalobos, Jessica Nowicki, Michael Bunce & Michael Berumen
Understanding species-specific resource requirements is paramount in managing and protecting biodiversity in a world where environmental quality is in decline. Dietary data can inform predator–prey relationships and how changes in prey availability impact different species. However, for many coral reef fishes, prey and predatory events can be difficult to observe and identify, both in situ and within examined stomach samples. Here we applied DNA metabarcoding of stomach content samples for eleven Red Sea butterflyfish species...
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