December 17 2014

12:00 LSB 2320

This seminar is sponsored by EEB and CTR, IoES

Axel Meyer
Department of Biology, University of Konstanz

Genomics of parallel adaptations in the repeated adaptive radiations of cichlid fishes


Cichlid fishes are a textbook example for explosive rates of speciation and the formation of hyper-diverse adaptive radiations. Hundreds of endemic species each comprise the adaptive radiations in the East African Rift Lakes Victoria, Malawi and Tanganyika. In the case of Lake Victoria \>\;500 endemic species evolved within less than 100,000 years. Despite this huge diversity of cichlids these adaptive radiations also famously evolved particular morphotypes and ecological guilds repeatedly in parallel. Also in a chain of crater lakes in Nicaragua small endemic adaptive radiations live in each of these lakes. In these crater as well, some of which are less than 2,000 years old, certain types of ecological types evolved repeated. The recent publication of five genomes of cichlid fishes \(Brawand et al. 2014, Nature\) now provides reference genomes for further analyses. The initial research focused on finding reasons for why there are so many cichlids and several genomic features were found to have contributed to the biodiversity of cichlids. Now we can begin to ask whether de novo mutations repeatedly resulted in the evolution of parallel phenotypes or whether standing genetic variation forms the basis of parallel evolution in the adaptive radiations in Africa and Nicaragua.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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