Evolution of the cichlid visual palette through ontogenetic subfunctionalization of the opsin gene arrays.

  title={Evolution of the cichlid visual palette through ontogenetic subfunctionalization of the opsin gene arrays.},
  author={Tyrone C. Spady and Juliet W. L. Parry and Phyllis R. Robinson and David M. Hunt and James. K. Bowmaker and Karen L. Carleton},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  volume={23 8},
The evolution of cone opsin genes is characterized by a dynamic process of gene birth and death through gene duplication and loss. However, the forces governing the retention and death of opsin genes are poorly understood. African cichlid fishes have a range of ecologies, differing in habitat and foraging style, which make them ideal for examining the selective forces acting on the opsin gene family. In this work, we present data on the riverine cichlid, Oreochromis niloticus, which is an… 

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