Evolutionary convergence in Neotropical cichlids and Nearctic centrarchids : evidence from morphology , diet , and stable isotope analysis

@inproceedings{Montaa2013EvolutionaryCI,
  title={Evolutionary convergence in Neotropical cichlids and Nearctic centrarchids : evidence from morphology , diet , and stable isotope analysis},
  author={Carmen G. Monta{\~n}a and Kirk O. Winemiller},
  year={2013}
}
Despite divergent evolutionary histories, Neotropical cichlids (Cichlidae) and Nearctic sunfishes (Centrarchidae) appear to have similar functional morphotypes and occupy similar ecological niches. We applied an integrative approach analyzing morphological traits, stomach contents, and stable isotope ratios (d13C, d15N) to investigate whether local assemblages of cichlids (Venezuela, Peru) and centrarchids (Texas) reveal one-to-one patterns of morphological and ecological convergence… CONTINUE READING
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