" This chapter summarizes 200 years of the study of cichlid fishes, ranging from the first descriptions of South American and African species in early natural histories to the work of twentieth-century biologists. The rise and influence of evolutionary theory and the development of new knowledge and techniques in the study of genetics are considered central influences in a variety of fields of research involving cichlids, including ecology, ethology, aquaculture, and fisheries. Significant developments and their historical context are considered in relation to the current state of a variety of cichlid research programs, showcasing the extent to which cichlids have become both model species in evolutionary biology and a crucial species in global food production "
McConnell, Matthew. 2021. "Frontiers in cichlid research: A history of scientific advancement". The Behavior, Ecology and Evolution of Cichlid Fishes. Abate, M.E., Noakes, D.L.G. (Editors.). pp. 13-78. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-2080-7_2 (crc11687) (abstract)