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Fifth revised edn. Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat, 5th edition. The fifth, revised, edition of the definitive study of Lake Malawi cichlids. No lake in the world contains such a diversified and distinctive community of cichlid fishes as Lake Malawi. The total number of cichlid species in the lake is now estimated at about , which is about more than all the freshwater fish species of the North American Continent combined! And there is every indication that still more remain to be discovered.
More than excellent photographs illustrate the cichlid fauna of the entire lake. Almost all of these photographs were taken in the lake and show the fishes in their natural habitat. Over the years Malawi cichlids, which are among the most colourful freshwater fishes known, have become very popular among aquarists as they are easy to maintain and breed in captivity.
And in recent years an ever-increasing number of aquarists, interested in the natural environment of their fishes, have been inspired to visit Malawi and observe the cichlids in the lake itself.
Only those who have done so can truly understand the exhilaration and feeling of fulfillment this entails, but this book offers everyone a unique opportunity to share a little of that enjoyment. Freshwater Fishes ,. Lake Malawi Cichlids from Tanzania By: Spreinat, A.
Read more here. Konings, Ad Price: Description Details. Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat, 5th edition Author: Konings, Ad Categories: New Weight: All Bathybatini have large eyes, which promote not only the detection of prey and predators but possibly also mate-recognition in the dark depths. In line with the latter, the monochromatic patterning of males may be viewed as adaptation to the short-wavelength dominated visual environment [ 61 ], in contrast to the colourful patterns of the mouthbrooding cichlids in the shallow, light-flooded littoral.
A recent phylogenetic study based on three mitochondrial genes supported the monophyly of Bathybates as well as of the species therein and indicated a polytomy of three equidistant lineages representing Bathybates, Hemibates, and Trematocara [ 46 ].
Within Bathybates, B. The short internal branches among the large Bathybates species supported a rapid radiation at approximately 2. Competition and resource partitioning as well as potential geographic isolation during an extreme low-stand of the lake were proposed as promoters of Bathybates speciation [ 46 ].
Figure 1: Schematic depiction of the the phylogenetic relationships within the Bathybatini as inferred from mtDNA data [ 46 ]. Material and Methods 2. Sample Collection and DNA Extraction This study is based on a total of 38 specimens, representing all seven Bathybates species, Hemibates stenosoma as well as Trematocara unimaculata and T.
All specimens were obtained between and from local fishermen at Lake Tanganyika and identified to species by S. Unfortunately, it was not possible to obtain a comprehensive taxon sampling for the genus Trematocara as, because of their small size and hence low market value, these fish except for the largest species T. Table 1: List of samples with sample ID and sampling locality.
Polymorphic positions were initially identified using GeneMapper 3. In order to adjust misaligned bins and avoid size homoplasy, bin positions were set manually. Bins containing ambiguous low intensity peaks in a large proportion of the samples and entire profiles with short read-lengths or very low peak heights were deleted.
Phenotype calling thresholds were set as absolute or relative depending on the number of retained loci and the achieved error rates obtained with each option. Bootstrap values from pseudoreplicates were used as standard measure of confidence in the inferred tree topology.
Although accurate models for Bayesian tree construction using AFLP datasets do exist [ 67 ] , the high demands for processing power make them unfeasible to use [ 67 , 68 ]. The Dirichlet prior for the state frequencies was set to 2. Posterior probabilities were obtained from Metropolis-coupled Markov chain Monte Carlo simulations 2 independent runs; 10 chains with 8,, generations each; chain temperature: 0. Chain stationarity and run parameter convergence were checked in Tracer 1.
To test for homoplasy excess introduced by hybridization, we conducted a tree-based method as outlined by Seehausen [ 74 ] by removing single species from the dataset and observing the change in bootstrap values in the NJ tree see also [ 34 , 40 ]. In theory, the inclusion of a hybrid taxon in a multilocus phylogeny introduces homoplasy with clades that contain its parental taxa.
Hybrid taxa should be intermediate to the parental taxa since they carry a mosaic of parental characteristics.
Thus, decreasing the amount of homoplasy in the dataset by removing the hybrid taxon should increase the bootstrap support for the clades that include the parental taxa or their descendants, whereas removing nonhybrid taxa should have no effect on the statistical support of other nodes Figure 2.
Figure 2: Incongruency between mtDNA and nuclear multilocus trees e. Removal of the hybrid taxon from the phylogeny increases the bootstrap support of the parental clades bold values in b. Conversely, removal of nonhybrid taxa should not or only slightly affect the bootstrap support of other nodes.
To distinguish between informative red values in b and uninformative changes in bootstrap values, one taxon at a time is removed from the data and the resulting distribution of bootstrap values for each node is recorded. If removal of a certain taxon produces an outlier in these distributions, the removed taxon is considered a hybrid or strongly introgressed taxon and the clades for which support was raised are considered to contain the parental taxa see, e.
In the present example, taxon D is a hybrid between taxa C and J. Bayes factor comparison—using the harmonic means of the likelihood throughout different runs [ 77 , 78 ]—among the three alternative phylogenatic hypotheses was performed in Tracer 1.
Both the NJ and BI analysis yielded largely congruent and well-supported topologies with only minor differences between them Figures 3 a and 3 b. Whereas all species were monophyletic in the NJ tree, Bathybates graueri was not resolved as a monophylum in the BI tree, but as paraphylum including the well-supported clade of the other large Bathybates species Figure 3 b.
We note, however, that the two-state model implemented in MrBayes does not fully cover the complex genetic process of AFLP evolution and thus provides accurate phylogenetic inference less likely than distance methods [ 67 , 79 , 80 ]. Both the NJ and BI analyses support the monophyly of all three genera with the genus Trematocara representing the most ancestral branch Figures 3 a and 3 b.
Within the genus Bathybates, the small and morphologically most distinct member of the genus, B. Branch lengths among the large Bathybates species are rather short and some received rather low statistical support, indicating a period of rapid cladogenesis.
Nevertheless, both NJ and BI analyses revealed a largely consistent phylogenetic pattern within the large Bathybates species. The homoplasy excess test provided no evidence for introgressive hybridization data not shown. Fish were drawn after photographs in [ 60 ] to demonstrate the interspecific differences in male nuptial patterns.
Discussion In the original classification of Lake Tanganyika cichlid tribes by Poll [ 55 ], Bathybates and Hemibates were included in a tribe Bathybatini as sister group to the Trematocarini equivalent to the genus Trematocara , a hypothesis supported both by lepidological [ 58 ] as well as allozyme data [ 57 ]. In contrast, based on morphological characteristics, Stiassny [ 56 ] and Takahashi [ 59 ] proposed a sister group relationship of Bathybates and Trematocara.
Currently, all three genera, Bathybates, Hemibates, and Trematocara, are united in the tribe Bathybatini [ 59 ]. A previous mtDNA phylogenetic study remained equivocal with regard to the two competing morphological classifications and suggested that Bathybates, Hemibates, and Trematocara diverged rapidly from their common ancestor [ 46 ].
Consistent with the mitochondrial phylogeny [ 46 ], the AFLP data confirm the split between Bathybates minor and the larger members of the genus Bathybates with B. Introgressive hybridization including the possibility of complete mtDNA replacement [ 41 ] and ancient incomplete lineage sorting are two alternative sources of topological disagreement between nuclear and mitochondrial trees [ 40 , 41 , 81 — 83 ], resulting in similar phylogenetic patterns that are difficult to resolve by strict hypothesis testing [ 84 ].
Circumstantial inference can be based on the fact that lineage sorting is expected to lag behind rapid cladogenetic events, such that the rapid radiation of the large Bathybates species predisposes this clade to mitonuclear phylogenetic incompatibilities without implying postcladogenetic introgression [ 72 , 73 ]. Likewise, monophyly of species in both mitochondrial and nuclear trees excepting the paraphyly of B. These findings support our hypothesis that deepwater species are less prone to introgressive hybridization and hybrid speciation than littoral species, but reservations arise on the one hand from the possibility that events of introgression were not detected in our samples and data and given the power of our analyses, and on the other hand from the small number of species in the phylogeny.
Principally, rates of interspecific introgression may not differ between littoral and deepwater cichlids, but will nonetheless lead to higher incidences of introgression in the species-rich groups than in a less speciose clade.
If this was the case, the lack of a signal of introgression in Bathybates and Hemibates would be fully explained by the low diversification rate of the lineage and hence limited opportunity for interspecific hybridization, without implying the evolution of complete reproductive isolation early on during diversification. The branching order of Hemibates and the basal Bathybates species, which is reconstructed congruently by mtDNA and AFLP markers, suggests repeated transitions between benthic and bathypelagic feeding mode ecological data from [ 43 ].
The basal H. The next split led to the specialized pelagic clupeid hunter B. Then, B. The chronology of the following radiation of the large bathypelagic clupeid hunters and benthic cichlid hunters remains unresolved, but involved at least one transition from benthic to bathypelagic habitat preferences. Depth preferences may vary between these species [ 43 ], such that speciation may have involved both niche and spatial segregation. The apparent ecological differentiation among lineages may have reduced the fitness of hybrids [ 85 — 87 ] and may have promoted the evolution of a mate recognition system, perhaps based on the species-specific melanic patterns of male Hemibates and Bathybates.
The efficacy of monochromatic black, silvery, and white body and fin patterns in mediating assortative mating in the dark, short-wavelength dominated environment has recently been demonstrated for deepwater cichlid species of Lake Malawi. These sympatric and morphologically similar species differ primarily in male nuptial patterns and their reproductive isolation is corroborated by genetic differentiation estimates [ 61 ].
However, there is increasing evidence that color pattern is not the only cue for mate recognition in cichlids fish and it is possible and likely that auditory [ 88 ] and olfactory cues [ 89 ] play a role in mediating assortative mating in deepwater species, too. Summary and Conclusions In concert with previous mitochondrial data, the present study provides an informative phylogeny of the species in the deepwater genera Hemibates and Bathybates.
As far as the branching pattern can be resolved, it suggests ecological segregation during speciation. The rapid radiation within Bathybates mirrors a burst of speciation observed in several other cichlid tribes of Lake Tanganyika and reveals a congruent cladogenetic pattern across vastly different habitats, which suggests some kind of synchronization by environmental factors [ 27 , 45 , 46 , 62 ]. Consistent with the hypothesis that lineages evolving in the weakly structured deepwater habitat would develop stronger reproductive isolation than the allopatric lineages of the fragmented littoral, our data provided no evidence for the presence of hybrid taxa in the deepwater dwelling genus Bathybates.
In further support of the hypothesis, introgressive hybridization is also not indicated by the mitochondrial and AFLP phylogenies of the Lake Tanganyika cichlid genus Xenotilapia [ 90 ], which includes several deepwater-dwelling species comprising the prey of the benthic Bathybates and Hemibates.
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