cichlids

Summary

Summary: Common name for perch-like fish of the family Cichlidae, belonging to the suborder Labroidei, order PERCIFORMES.

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  1. Cabral de Mello D, Valente G, Nakajima R, Martins C. Genomic organization and comparative chromosome mapping of the U1 snRNA gene in cichlid fish, with an emphasis in Oreochromis niloticus. Chromosome Res. 2012;20:279-92 pubmed publisher
    ..Moreover, the U1 gene represents a useful new chromosomal marker for cytogenetic studies...
  2. Nikaido M, Suzuki H, Toyoda A, Fujiyama A, Hagino Yamagishi K, Kocher T, et al. Lineage-specific expansion of vomeronasal type 2 receptor-like (OlfC) genes in cichlids may contribute to diversification of amino acid detection systems. Genome Biol Evol. 2013;5:711-22 pubmed publisher
    ..However, the evolutionary importance of olfaction in species-rich cichlids is controversial...
  3. Wagner C, Harmon L, Seehausen O. Ecological opportunity and sexual selection together predict adaptive radiation. Nature. 2012;487:366-9 pubmed publisher
    ..opportunity and intrinsic lineage-specific traits related to sexual selection both strongly influence whether cichlids radiate...
  4. Muschick M, Indermaur A, Salzburger W. Convergent evolution within an adaptive radiation of cichlid fishes. Curr Biol. 2012;22:2362-8 pubmed publisher
    ..This prevalent coexistence of distantly related yet ecomorphologically similar species offers an explanation for the greatly elevated species numbers in cichlid species flocks...
  5. Brzozowski F, Roscoe J, Parsons K, ALBERTSON C. Sexually dimorphic levels of color trait integration and the resolution of sexual conflict in Lake Malawi cichlids. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2012;318:268-78 pubmed publisher
    East African cichlids are renowned for their propensity to radiate, and variation in color patterns accounts for much of endemic cichlid diversity...
  6. Renn S, Fraser E, Aubin Horth N, Trainor B, Hofmann H. Females of an African cichlid fish display male-typical social dominance behavior and elevated androgens in the absence of males. Horm Behav. 2012;61:496-503 pubmed publisher
    ..burtoni to the females of this species and provide a foundation for uncovering the neural and molecular basis of social dominance behavior while controlling for factors such as sex, gonadal state and growth...
  7. Theis A, Salzburger W, Egger B. The function of anal fin egg-spots in the cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e29878 pubmed publisher
    ..In male aggression trials, however, males with fewer egg-spots received significantly more attacks, suggesting that egg-spots are an important signal in intrasexual communication...
  8. Sun Y, Zeng S, Ye K, Yang C, Li M, Huang B, et al. Involvement of FGF9/16/20 subfamily in female germ cell development of the Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Fish Physiol Biochem. 2012;38:1427-39 pubmed publisher
    ..Strong signals of FGF16 and FGF20b were detected in phase II oocytes by in situ hybridization. These data suggest that FGF9/16/20 subfamily is involved in the early oocyte development of the female...
  9. Fernald R. Social control of the brain. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2012;35:133-51 pubmed publisher
    ..Here I describe the mechanisms through which behavior changes the brain in the service of reproduction using a teleost fish model system...

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  1. Mattersdorfer K, Koblmüller S, Sefc K. AFLP genome scans suggest divergent selection on colour patterning in allopatric colour morphs of a cichlid fish. Mol Ecol. 2012;21:3531-44 pubmed publisher
    ..Despite the challenges posed by population structure and demography, our results encourage the cautious application of genome scans to studies of divergent selection in subdivided and recently expanded populations...
  2. Sabbah S, Hui J, Hauser F, Nelson W, Hawryshyn C. Ontogeny in the visual system of Nile tilapia. J Exp Biol. 2012;215:2684-95 pubmed publisher
    ..This study advances our understanding of ontogeny in visual systems and demonstrates that the association between different elements of the visual process can be explored effectively by examining visual function throughout ontogeny...
  3. Schulz Mirbach T, Metscher B, Ladich F. Relationship between swim bladder morphology and hearing abilities--a case study on Asian and African cichlids. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e42292 pubmed publisher
    ..This study investigates the diversity of swim bladder morphology in four Asian and African cichlid species and analyzes how this diversity affects their hearing sensitivity...
  4. Parnell N, Hulsey C, Streelman J. The genetic basis of a complex functional system. Evolution. 2012;66:3352-66 pubmed publisher
    ..Genetic linkage between components of the simple and complex systems partly explains phenotypic correlations and may constrain functional evolution...
  5. Loh Y, Bezault E, Muenzel F, Roberts R, Swofford R, Barluenga M, et al. Origins of shared genetic variation in African cichlids. Mol Biol Evol. 2013;30:906-17 pubmed publisher
    ..Coalescent simulations support the hypothesis that river cichlids have transported polymorphism between lake assemblages...
  6. Gierszewski S, Bleckmann H, Schluessel V. Cognitive abilities in Malawi cichlids (Pseudotropheus sp.): matching-to-sample and image/mirror-image discriminations. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e57363 pubmed publisher
    ..For this purpose a total of nine Malawi cichlids (Pseudotropheus sp...
  7. Maunder R, Buckley J, Val A, Sloman K. A toxic diet: transfer of contaminants to offspring through a parental care mechanism. J Exp Biol. 2013;216:3587-90 pubmed publisher
  8. Lühmann L, Knorr C, Hörstgen Schwark G, Wessels S. First evidence for family-specific QTL for temperature-dependent sex reversal in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Sex Dev. 2012;6:247-56 pubmed publisher
    ..Moreover, additional QTL contributing to variable liabilities towards temperature might persist on other LGs...
  9. Recknagel H, Elmer K, Meyer A. A hybrid genetic linkage map of two ecologically and morphologically divergent Midas cichlid fishes (Amphilophus spp.) obtained by massively parallel DNA sequencing (ddRADSeq). G3 (Bethesda). 2013;3:65-74 pubmed publisher
    ..the repeated phenotypes that evolved within the Midas cichlid lineage and, as the first linkage map of a Neotropical cichlid, facilitate comparative genomic analyses between African cichlids, Neotropical cichlids and other teleost fishes.
  10. Reddon A, Hurd P. Water pH during early development influences sex ratio and male morph in a West African cichlid fish, Pelvicachromis pulcher. Zoology (Jena). 2013;116:139-43 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results suggest that the sexual differentiation process may be an important force in maintaining individual variation in behavior and reproductive tactics...
  11. López Fernández H, Arbour J, Winemiller K, Honeycutt R. Testing for ancient adaptive radiations in neotropical cichlid fishes. Evolution. 2013;67:1321-37 pubmed publisher
    ..Diversification in Neotropical cichlids was influenced by the early adaptive radiation of Geophagini, which potentially limited differentiation in other ..
  12. Schluessel V, Fricke G, Bleckmann H. Visual discrimination and object categorization in the cichlid Pseudotropheus sp. Anim Cogn. 2012;15:525-37 pubmed publisher
    ..During transfer trials involving a previously unknown object, fish were able to discriminate between both the negative and the positive stimulus and the unknown stimulus and responded accordingly...
  13. Huffman L, Mitchell M, O Connell L, Hofmann H. Rising StARs: behavioral, hormonal, and molecular responses to social challenge and opportunity. Horm Behav. 2012;61:631-41 pubmed publisher
    ..Our study demonstrates the rapid plasticity at multiple levels of biological organization that animals can display in response to changes in their complex social environment...
  14. McMahan C, Chakrabarty P, Sparks J, Smith W, Davis M. Temporal patterns of diversification across global cichlid biodiversity (Acanthomorpha: Cichlidae). PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e71162 pubmed publisher
    The contrasting distribution of species diversity across the major lineages of cichlids makes them an ideal group for investigating macroevolutionary processes...
  15. Egger B, Sefc K, Makasa L, Sturmbauer C, Salzburger W. Introgressive hybridization between color morphs in a population of cichlid fishes twelve years after human-induced secondary admixis. J Hered. 2012;103:515-22 pubmed publisher
    ..This artificial amalgamation of color morphs provides a unique possibility to study mating patterns in cichlids in a natural environment over time...
  16. Maruska K, Fernald R. Social regulation of gene expression in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Physiology (Bethesda). 2011;26:412-23 pubmed publisher
    ..Here, we review how the reception of information in a social context causes genomic changes at each level of the HPG axis...
  17. Maruska K, Fernald R. Contextual chemosensory urine signaling in an African cichlid fish. J Exp Biol. 2012;215:68-74 pubmed publisher
    ..These data support the hypothesis that dominant males use urine as a chemical signal and adjust the frequency of their urine output based on contextual information...
  18. Diepeveen E, Salzburger W. Molecular characterization of two endothelin pathways in East African cichlid fishes. J Mol Evol. 2011;73:355-68 pubmed publisher
    ..are the pharyngeal jaw apparatus, found in all cichlid species, and the anal fin egg-spots of mouthbrooding cichlids. Based on their conserved functions during the development of both the jaw apparatus and pigmentation, the ..
  19. Martin C. Weak disruptive selection and incomplete phenotypic divergence in two classic examples of sympatric speciation: cameroon crater lake cichlids. Am Nat. 2012;180:E90-E109 pubmed publisher
    ..the form and strength of selection in two classic examples of sympatric speciation: radiations of Cameroon cichlids restricted to Lakes Barombi Mbo and Ejagham...
  20. Diepeveen E, Kim F, Salzburger W. Sequence analyses of the distal-less homeobox gene family in East African cichlid fishes reveal signatures of positive selection. BMC Evol Biol. 2013;13:153 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we study the dlx repertoire in 23 East African cichlid fishes to determine the rate of evolution and the signatures of selection pressure...
  21. Henning F, Jones J, Franchini P, Meyer A. Transcriptomics of morphological color change in polychromatic Midas cichlids. BMC Genomics. 2013;14:171 pubmed publisher
    ..Most Midas cichlids maintain their melanophores and exhibit a grayish (normal) color pattern throughout their lives...
  22. Nakajima R, Cabral de Mello D, Valente G, Venere P, Martins C. Evolutionary dynamics of rRNA gene clusters in cichlid fish. BMC Evol Biol. 2012;12:198 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Cichlids are a group of fishes that are of increasing scientific interest due to their rapid and convergent adaptive ..
  23. Muterezi Bukinga F, Vanhove M, Van Steenberge M, Pariselle A. Ancyrocephalidae (Monogenea) of Lake Tanganyika: III: Cichlidogyrus infecting the world's biggest cichlid and the non-endemic tribes Haplochromini, Oreochromini and Tylochromini (Teleostei, Cichlidae). Parasitol Res. 2012;111:2049-61 pubmed publisher
    ..render them well-suited to help elucidate the historic relationships between riverine and lacustrine African cichlids. In this framework, their Cichlidogyrus fauna is compared to congeners known from African rivers and to the few ..
  24. Weadick C, Loew E, Rodd F, Chang B. Visual pigment molecular evolution in the Trinidadian pike cichlid (Crenicichla frenata): a less colorful world for neotropical cichlids?. Mol Biol Evol. 2012;29:3045-60 pubmed
    ..system suggested a lack of short-wavelength-sensitive cone photoreceptors, a surprising finding as many African cichlids have highly developed short-wavelength vision...
  25. Ota T, Nikaido M, Suzuki H, Hagino Yamagishi K, Okada N. Characterization of V1R receptor (ora) genes in Lake Victoria cichlids. Gene. 2012;499:273-9 pubmed publisher
    ..by allowing fish to sense a variety of nonvolatile chemical signals, the importance of olfaction in species-rich cichlids is still controversial...
  26. Maruska K, Ung U, Fernald R. The African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni uses acoustic communication for reproduction: sound production, hearing, and behavioral significance. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e37612 pubmed publisher
    ..Many fish species, especially the African cichlids, are well known for their bright coloration and the importance of visual signaling during courtship and mate ..
  27. Ladich F, Schulz Mirbach T. Hearing in cichlid fishes under noise conditions. PLoS ONE. 2013;8:e57588 pubmed publisher
    ..This enabled us to determine whether species with and without hearing specializations are differently affected by noise...
  28. Wagner C, Keller I, Wittwer S, Selz O, Mwaiko S, Greuter L, et al. Genome-wide RAD sequence data provide unprecedented resolution of species boundaries and relationships in the Lake Victoria cichlid adaptive radiation. Mol Ecol. 2013;22:787-98 pubmed publisher
    ..Previous attempts at sequence-based phylogenetic analyses in Victoria cichlids have shown extensive sharing of genetic variation among species and no resolution of species or higher-level ..
  29. Colombo M, Diepeveen E, Muschick M, Santos M, Indermaur A, Boileau N, et al. The ecological and genetic basis of convergent thick-lipped phenotypes in cichlid fishes. Mol Ecol. 2013;22:670-84 pubmed publisher
    ..Unlike most other convergent forms in cichlids, which are restricted to East Africa, the thick-lipped phenotype also occurs elsewhere, for example in the ..
  30. Fernald R, Maruska K. Social information changes the brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109 Suppl 2:17194-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Surprisingly, changes in social status have rapid and profound effects over very short time scales and radically alter overt behavior, as well as physiological, cellular, and molecular factors that regulate reproductive capacity...
  31. López Fernández H, Winemiller K, Montaña C, Honeycutt R. Diet-morphology correlations in the radiation of South American geophagine cichlids (Perciformes: Cichlidae: Cichlinae). PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e33997 pubmed publisher
    ..A recently published genus-level phylogeny of Neotropical cichlids was used as the evolutionary framework for investigating the evolution of morphological features presumably ..
  32. Kautt A, Elmer K, Meyer A. Genomic signatures of divergent selection and speciation patterns in a 'natural experiment', the young parallel radiations of Nicaraguan crater lake cichlid fishes. Mol Ecol. 2012;21:4770-86 pubmed publisher
    ..A phylogeny based on the AFLP data clearly supports the monophyly of both crater lake species flocks and indicates a parallel branching order with a primary split along the limnetic-benthic axis in both radiations...
  33. Schwarzer J, Swartz E, Vreven E, Snoeks J, Cotterill F, Misof B, et al. Repeated trans-watershed hybridization among haplochromine cichlids (Cichlidae) was triggered by Neogene landscape evolution. Proc Biol Sci. 2012;279:4389-98 pubmed
    ..the first comprehensive mitochondrial and nuclear DNA dataset from extensive sampling of riverine haplochromine cichlids. It includes species from the lower River Congo and Angolan (River Kwanza) drainages...
  34. Guyon R, Rakotomanga M, Azzouzi N, Coutanceau J, Bonillo C, D Cotta H, et al. A high-resolution map of the Nile tilapia genome: a resource for studying cichlids and other percomorphs. BMC Genomics. 2012;13:222 pubmed publisher
    ..a good model to study evolutionary mechanisms in vertebrates, because of its close relationship to haplochromine cichlids, which have undergone rapid speciation in East Africa...
  35. Gonzalez Voyer A, Winberg S, Kolm N. Social fishes and single mothers: brain evolution in African cichlids. Proc Biol Sci. 2009;276:161-7 pubmed publisher
    ..With over 200 species and an astonishing diversity in niche preferences and social organization, Tanganyikan cichlids present an excellent opportunity to study brain evolution...
  36. Lee B, Kocher T. Exclusion of Wilms tumour (WT1b) and ovarian cytochrome P450 aromatase (CYP19A1) as candidates for sex determination genes in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Anim Genet. 2007;38:85-6 pubmed
  37. Schwarzer J, Misof B, Schliewen U. Speciation within genomic networks: a case study based on Steatocranus cichlids of the lower Congo rapids. J Evol Biol. 2012;25:138-48 pubmed publisher
    ..In this context, the limited validity of strictly bifurcating tree hypotheses as a phylogenetic basis for hypothesis testing in evolutionary biology is discussed...
  38. Barreto R, Carvalho G, Volpato G. The aggressive behavior of Nile tilapia introduced into novel environments with variation in enrichment. Zoology (Jena). 2011;114:53-7 pubmed publisher
    ..This conclusion is in line with game theory predictions concerning resource value and contradicts the theory that enrichment of the environment will serve welfare purposes...
  39. Pierotti M, Seehausen O. Male mating preferences pre-date the origin of a female trait polymorphism in an incipient species complex of Lake Victoria cichlids. J Evol Biol. 2007;20:240-8 pubmed
    ..Finally, we suggest that Lake Victoria cichlids might share an ancestral female recognition scheme, predisposing colour monomorphic populations/species to ..
  40. Stelkens R, Schmid C, Selz O, Seehausen O. Phenotypic novelty in experimental hybrids is predicted by the genetic distance between species of cichlid fish. BMC Evol Biol. 2009;9:283 pubmed publisher
    ..Transgression in multi-trait shape phenotypes was quantified using landmark-based geometric morphometric methods...
  41. Palmer A. Scale-eating cichlids: from hand(ed) to mouth. J Biol. 2010;9:11 pubmed publisher
    ..They also suggest a fascinating new line of research testing the effects of handed behavior on morphological asymmetry...
  42. Dalton B, Cronin T, Marshall N, Carleton K. The fish eye view: are cichlids conspicuous?. J Exp Biol. 2010;213:2243-55 pubmed publisher
    ..Both forces probably shape colouration in the speciose, rock-dwelling cichlids of Lake Malawi...
  43. Lisney T, Studd E, Hawryshyn C. Electrophysiological assessment of spectral sensitivity in adult Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus: evidence for violet sensitivity. J Exp Biol. 2010;213:1453-63 pubmed publisher
    The cichlid fish radiations of the African Great Lakes are an important model for evolutionary biology. Cichlids have diverse colour vision systems and predominately express three cone visual pigments...
  44. Maruska K, Fernald R. Behavioral and physiological plasticity: rapid changes during social ascent in an African cichlid fish. Horm Behav. 2010;58:230-40 pubmed publisher
    ..burtoni suggests that perception of social opportunity triggers a suite of quick changes to facilitate rapid transition towards reproductive success, and reveals important features of social ascent not previously recognized...
  45. O Quin K, Hofmann C, Hofmann H, Carleton K. Parallel evolution of opsin gene expression in African cichlid fishes. Mol Biol Evol. 2010;27:2839-54 pubmed publisher
    ..Here we assess both opsin expression and protein-coding diversity among cichlids from a third rift lake, Lake Tanganyika (LT)...
  46. Castro A, Gonçalves de Freitas E, Volpato G, Oliveira C. Visual communication stimulates reproduction in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus (L.). Braz J Med Biol Res. 2009;42:368-74 pubmed
    ..Therefore, male-female visual communication is an effective cue, which stimulates reproduction among pairs of Nile tilapia...
  47. Markert J, Arnegard M. Size-dependent use of territorial space by a rock-dwelling cichlid fish. Oecologia. 2007;154:611-21 pubmed
    ..to contribute importantly to male reproductive success and the ecological coexistence of African rock-dwelling cichlids, the significance of variation in territory features has received little attention in these fishes...
  48. Hoegg S, Boore J, Kuehl J, Meyer A. Comparative phylogenomic analyses of teleost fish Hox gene clusters: lessons from the cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni. BMC Genomics. 2007;8:317 pubmed
    ..Since this diversity could be based on regulatory changes, we chose to study the coding as well as putative regulatory regions of their Hox clusters within a comparative genomic framework...
  49. Blais J, Rico C, van Oosterhout C, Cable J, Turner G, Bernatchez L. MHC adaptive divergence between closely related and sympatric African cichlids. PLoS ONE. 2007;2:e734 pubmed
    ..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...
  50. Day J, Santini S, Garcia Moreno J. Phylogenetic relationships of the Lake Tanganyika cichlid tribe Lamprologini: the story from mitochondrial DNA. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2007;45:629-42 pubmed
    The Lamprologini are the most species-rich and diverse tribe of Lake Tanganyika cichlids, comprising around 90 described species...
  51. Thünken T, Bakker T, Kullmann H. Extraordinarily long sperm in the socially monogamous cichlid fish Pelvicachromis taeniatus. Naturwissenschaften. 2007;94:489-91 pubmed
    ..The mean total sperm length of nearly 70 microm was extraordinarily large for cichlids. Furthermore, within-male variation was remarkably high. To our knowledge, P...
  52. Dos Anjos N, Schulze T, Brack W, Val A, Schirmer K, Scholz S. Identification and evaluation of cyp1a transcript expression in fish as molecular biomarker for petroleum contamination in tropical fresh water ecosystems. Aquat Toxicol. 2011;103:46-52 pubmed publisher
    ..The data demonstrate the high sensitivity of cyp1a as indicator of oil exposure; further studies should be considered to test its usefulness at known contaminated sites and to evaluate influential factors by, e.g. mesocosm experiments...
  53. Koblmüller S, Salzburger W, Obermüller B, Eigner E, Sturmbauer C, Sefc K. Separated by sand, fused by dropping water: habitat barriers and fluctuating water levels steer the evolution of rock-dwelling cichlid populations in Lake Tanganyika. Mol Ecol. 2011;20:2272-90 pubmed publisher
    ..in the face of continuous gene flow, and whether the presumed influence of water level fluctuations on lacustrine cichlids can be demonstrated in the small-scale population structure of the strictly stenotopic, littoral Tropheus...