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MHC adaptive divergence between closely related and sympatric African cichlids

Blais, Jonatan, Rico, Ciro, van Oosterhout, Cock, Cable, Joanne, Turner, George F. and Bernatchez, Louis 2007. MHC adaptive divergence between closely related and sympatric African cichlids. PLoS ONE 2 (8) , e734. 10.1371/journal.pone.0000734

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Abstract

The haplochromine cichlid species assemblages of Lake Malawi and Victoria represent some of the most important study systems in evolutionary biology. Identifying adaptive divergence between closely-related species can provide important insights into the processes that may have contributed to these spectacular radiations. Here, we studied a pair of sympatric Lake Malawi species, Pseudotropheus fainzilberi and P. emmiltos, whose reproductive isolation depends on olfactory communication. We tested the hypothesis that these species have undergone divergent selection at MHC class II genes, which are known to contribute to olfactory-based mate choice in other taxa.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:33
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/61859

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