Speciation of Cichlid Fishes
Lake Malawi, like the other Great African Lakes, is home to hundreds of described species in the family Cichlidae. In the case of Lake Malawi, nearly all of these species arose within the few million years that the lake has been in existence. There are active debates on the actual mode of speciation, and the kinds of divergent natural selection that may have caused the species. In December of 2002 and again in May of 2008 the Hey lab traveled to Malawi to study the divergence among the Mbuna (members of the rock-dwelling species of Lake Malawi).
Hey, J., Y.-J. Won, A. Sivasundar, R. Nielsen and J. A. Markert. 2004 Using nuclear haplotypes with microsatellites to study gene flow between recently separated populations. Molecular Ecology 13: 909-919