Independent evolution of the specialized pharyngeal jaw apparatus in cichlid and labrid fishes

@article{Mabuchi2006IndependentEO,
  title={Independent evolution of the specialized pharyngeal jaw apparatus in cichlid and labrid fishes},
  author={Kohji Mabuchi and Masaki Miya and Yoichiro Azuma and Mutsumi Nishida},
  journal={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={7},
  pages={10 - 10}
}
Fishes in the families Cichlidae and Labridae provide good probable examples of vertebrate adaptive radiations. Their spectacular trophic radiations have been widely assumed to be due to structural key innovation in pharyngeal jaw apparatus (PJA), but this idea has never been tested based on a reliable phylogeny. For the first step of evaluating the hypothesis, we investigated the phylogenetic positions of the components of the suborder Labroidei (including Pomacentridae and Embiotocidae in… CONTINUE READING
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