Hybrid origin of a cichlid population in Lake Malawi: implications for genetic variation and species diversity

@article{Smith2003HybridOO,
  title={Hybrid origin of a cichlid population in Lake Malawi: implications for genetic variation and species diversity},
  author={Peter F. Smith and Adrianus F. Konings and Irving L. Kornfield},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2003},
  volume={12}
}
The importance of species recognition to taxonomic diversity among Lake Malawi cichlids has been frequently discussed. Hybridization — the apparent breakdown of species recognition — has been observed sporadically among cichlids and has been viewed as both a constructive and a destructive force with respect to species diversity. Here we provide genetic evidence of a natural hybrid cichlid population with a unique colour phenotype and elevated levels of genetic variation. We discuss the… 
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