Publications

^denotes high school student co-authors and *denotes undergraduate co-authors

Law CJ, Slater G, & Mehta RS. 2017. Lineage diversity and size disparity in Musteloidea: testing patterns of adaptive radiation using molecular and fossil-based methods. Systematic Biology. https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syx047.

Baliga VB, Bernstein ZJ^, Sundaram S^, & Mehta RS. 2017. Labrid cleaner fishes show kinematic convergence as juveniles despite variation in morphology. 

Law CJ, Baliga VB, Tinker MT, & Mehta RS. 2017. Asynchrony in craniomandibular development and growth in Enhydra lutris nereis (Carnivora: Mustelidae): Are southern sea otters born to bite? Biological Journal of Linnean Society. 121:420-438.

Diluzio AR*, Baliga VB, Higgins BA, and Mehta RS. 2017. Effects of prey characteristics on the feeding behaviors of an apex marine predator, the California moray (Gymnothorax mordax). Zoology. 122:80–89.

Harrison JS*, Higgins BA, and Mehta RS. 2017. Scaling of dentition and prey size in the California moray (Gymnothorax mordax). Journal of Zoology. 122:16–26.

Higgins BA, Pearson D, and Mehta RS. 2017. El Niño episodes coincide with California moray Gymnothorax mordax settlement around Santa Catalina Island, California. Journal of Fish Biology. 90:1570–1583.

Law CJ, Venkatram V^, and Mehta RS. 2016. Sexual dimorphism of craniomandibular morphology in southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis). Journal of Mammalogy 97:1764-1773.

Law CJ, Young C, and Mehta RS. 2016. Ontogenetic scaling of theoretical bite forces in southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 89:347-363.

Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2016. Ontogenetic allometry in shape and flexibility underlies life history patterns of labrid cleaning behavior. Integrative and Comparative Biology 56:416–427.

Collar DC, Quintero M*, Buttler B*, Ward AB, and Mehta RS. 2016. Body shape transformation along a shared axis of anatomical evolution in labyrinth fishes (Anabantoidei). Evolution 70: 555–567.

Baliga VB and Law CJ. 2016. Cleaners amongst wrasses: phylogenetics and evolutionary patterns of cleaning behavior within Labridae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 94A:424–435.

Barley SC, Mehta RS, Meeuwig JJ, and Meekan MG. 2015. To knot or not? Novel feeding behaviours in moray eels. Marine Biodiversity 46:703–705.

Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2015. Linking cranial morphology to prey capture kinematics in three cleaner wrasses: Labroides dimidiatus, Larabicus quadrilineatus, and Thalassoma lutescens. Journal of Morphology 276:1377–1391.

Ward AB, Costa A, Monroe SL, Aluck RJ, and Mehta RS. 2015. Locomotion in elongate fishes: A contact sport. Zoology 118:312–319.

Collar DC, Wainwright PC, Alfaro ME, Revell LJ, and Mehta RS. 2014. Biting disrupts integration to spur skull evolution in eels. Nature Communications 5:5505.

Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2014. Scaling patterns inform ontogenetic transitions away from cleaning in Thalassoma wrasses. Journal of Experimental Biology 217:3597-3606.

Collar DC, Reece JS, Alfaro ME, Wainwright PC, and Mehta RS. 2014. Imperfect morphological convergence variable changes in cranial structures underlie transitions to durophagy in moray. American Naturalist 183:E168–84.

Ward AB and Mehta RS. 2014. Differential occupation of axial morphospace. Zoology 117:70–76.

Santini F, Kong X, Sorenson L, Carnevale G, Mehta RS, and Alfaro ME. 2013. A multi-locus molecular timescale for the origin and diversification of eels (Order: Anguilliformes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 69:884-894.

Collar DC, Reynaga C*, Ward AB, and Mehta RS. 2013. A revised metric for quantifying body shape in vertebrates. Zoology 116:246–257.

Reece JS and Mehta RS. 2013. Evolutionary history of elongation and maximum body length in moray eels (Anguilliformes: Muraenidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi: 10.1111/bij.12098

Holzman R, Collar DCMehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2012. An integrative modeling approach to elucidate suction feeding performance. Journal of Experimental Biology 215:1-13.

Holzman R, Collar DC, Mehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2011. Functional Complexity Can Mitigate Performance Trade-Offs. The American Naturalist 177:3 E69-E83.

Mehta RS, Ward AB, Alfaro ME, and Wainwright PC. 2010. Body Elongation in Eels. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50:1091-1105.

Ward AB and Mehta RS. 2010. Axial Elongation in Fishes: Using Morphological Approaches to Elucidate Developmental Mechanisms in Studying Body Shape. Integrative and Comparative Biology 50:1106-1119.

Tran H*, Mehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2010. The effects of ram speed on juvenile tarpon feeding kinematics. Zoology 113: 75-84.

Mehta RS. 2009. Ecomorphology of the moray bite: Relationship between dietary extremes and morphological diversity. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology  82:90-103.

Mehta RS. 2009. Experience shapes the development of behavioral repertoires of hatchling snakes. Journal of Ethology 27:143-151.

Holzman R, Day SW, Mehta RS, and Wainwright PC. 2008. Integrating the determinants of suction feeding forces in centrarchid fishes. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:3296-3305.

Wainwright PC, Mehta RS, and Higham TE. 2008. Stereotypy, flexibility and coordination: Central concepts in behavioral functional morphology. Journal of Experimental Biology 211:3523-3528.

Holzman, R, Day SW, Mehta RS , and Wainwright PC. 2008 . Jaw protrusion enhances forces exerted on prey by suction feeding fishes. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 5:1445-1447.

Mehta RS and Wainwright PC. 2008. Functional innovation in the pharyngeal jaw apparatus of moray eels. Journal of Morphology 269:604-619.

Mehta RS and Burghardt GM. 2008. Contextual flexibility: Reassessing the effects of prey size and status on prey restraint behavior of macrostomate snakes. Ethology 114:133–145.

Mehta RS and Wainwright PC. 2007b. Raptorial jaws help moray eels swallow large prey. Nature 449:79-82.

Mehta RS and Wainwright PC. 2007a. Biting releases constraints on moray eel feeding kinematics. The Journal of Experimental Biology 210:495-504.

Moon BR and Mehta RS. 2007. Constriction Strength in SnakesIn: The Biology of Boas and Pythons (ed. R.W. Henderson). Eagle Mountain Publishing Co. Pp 275-281.

Mehta RS. 2006. Meal size effects on antipredator behavior of hatchling trinket snakes, Elaphe helena. Ethology 112:649-656.

Mehta RS. 2003. Prey-handling behavior of hatchling Elaphe helena (Colubridae). Herpetologica   59:469-474.