Loss of Schooling Behavior in Cavefish through Sight-Dependent and Sight-Independent Mechanisms

  title={Loss of Schooling Behavior in Cavefish through Sight-Dependent and Sight-Independent Mechanisms},
  author={Johanna E. Kowalko and Nicolas Rohner and Santiago B. Rompani and Brant Peterson and Tess A. Linden and Masato Yoshizawa and Emily H. Kay and Jesse N. Weber and Hopi E Hoekstra and William R Jeffery and Richard Borowsky and Clifford J Tabin},
  journal={Current Biology},
BACKGROUND Surface populations of Astyanax mexicanus, living in rivers like their common ancestors, school, while several, independently derived cave populations of the same species have lost schooling behavior. RESULTS We quantify schooling behavior in individual A. mexicanus and identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) for this trait. We find that the evolutionary modulation of schooling has both vision-dependent and -independent components. We also quantify differences in the lateral line… CONTINUE READING
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