Divergent selection during speciation of Lake Malawi cichlid fishes inferred from parallel radiations in nuptial coloration.

  title={Divergent selection during speciation of Lake Malawi cichlid fishes inferred from parallel radiations in nuptial coloration.},
  author={Charlotte J. Allender and Ole Seehausen and Mairi E. Knight and George F. Turner and Norman Maclean},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={100 24},
Repeated evolution of the same phenotypic difference during independent episodes of speciation is strong evidence for selection during speciation. More than 1,000 species of cichlids, >10% of the world's freshwater fish species, have arisen within the past million years in Lakes Malawi and Victoria in eastern Africa. Many pairs of closely related sympatric species differ in their nuptial coloration in very similar ways. Nuptial coloration is important in their mate choice, and speciation by… CONTINUE READING
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