Temperature-induced changes in the feeding mechanism of the invasive Florida fish Cichlasoma uropthalmus
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Climate change has caused an increase in global water temperatures, leading to increased ranges of previously tropical fish. Generalist, invasive species are capable of adapting to new environments by utilizing a wide range of resources in the invaded ecosystem. A number of non-native fish species, including Cichlasoma urophthalmus, can now be found in Florida, however, their ecological and evolutionary implications are unknown. The impact of colder waters on the morphological features of generalist, invasive species is also unknown.