Ecological Opportunity, Genetic Variation, and the Origins of African Cichlid Radiations

By Wagner, Catherine E

The Behavior, Ecology and Evolution of Cichlid Fishes. Abate, M.E., Noakes, D.L.G. (Editors.), pp. 79-105 20-Sep-2021. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-2080-7_3


" Genetic and genomic data for African cichlids have accumulated over the past decades along with an increase in data available on the composition and species richness of cichlid communities in African lakes. Increasing availability of both of these kinds of data allows us to begin asking questions about macroevolutionary drivers of repeated cichlid adaptive radiation, about the factors that influence the diversity of cichlids that coexist within lake communities, and about the genetic underpinnings of adaptive radiation as a process and the ecological conditions conducive to it. I here survey what is currently known in both the genetic and the ecological realm, and point to key unanswered questions that should remain a focus of research in the coming decades as we seek to integrate genomic work with the ecology of cichlid adaptive radiation "

Classification: Evolution, Africa.

Language: English

Wagner, Catherine E. 2021. "Ecological Opportunity, Genetic Variation, and the Origins of African Cichlid Radiations". The Behavior, Ecology and Evolution of Cichlid Fishes. Abate, M.E., Noakes, D.L.G. (Editors.). pp. 79-105. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-024-2080-7_3 (crc11688) (abstract)