The species flocks of East African cichlid fishes: recent advances in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics

@article{Salzburger2004TheSF,
  title={The species flocks of East African cichlid fishes: recent advances in molecular phylogenetics and population genetics},
  author={Walter Salzburger and Axel Meyer},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2004},
  volume={91},
  pages={277-290}
}
With more than 3,000 species, the fish family Cichlidae is one of the most species-rich families of vertebrates. Cichlids occur in southern and central America, Africa, Madagascar, and India. The hotspot of their biodiversity is East Africa, where they form adaptive radiations composed of hundreds of endemic species in several lakes of various sizes and ages. The unparalleled species richness of East African cichlids has been something of a conundrum for evolutionary biologists and ecologists… Expand
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