Origin of the Superflock of Cichlid Fishes from Lake Victoria, East Africa

@article{Verheyen2003OriginOT,
  title={Origin of the Superflock of Cichlid Fishes from Lake Victoria, East Africa},
  author={Erik Verheyen and Walter Salzburger and Jos Snoeks and Axel Meyer},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={300},
  pages={325 - 329}
}
Lake Victoria harbors a unique species-rich flock of more than 500 endemic haplochromine cichlid fishes. The origin, age, and mechanism of diversification of this extraordinary radiation are still debated. Geological evidence suggests that the lake dried out completely about 14,700 years ago. On the basis of phylogenetic analyses of almost 300 DNA sequences of the mitochondrial control region of East African cichlids, we find that the Lake Victoria cichlid flock is derived from the geologically… Expand
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