There’s something fishy going on with climate change


Researchers at NYUAD have shed light on the potential ecological effects of global warming with a study on the diets of local reef fish.

Using sequencing technology, the team analysed the stomach contents of Arabian angelfish and dark and paletail damselfish over the course of one year to find out how their diets adapted in response to changes in temperature.

With some spots of the Arabian Gulf reaching up to 37 degrees, the research found that the fishes’ diets altered as temperatures increased due to limited food availability, with the majority feasting on coral.

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