Evolution of Labeo victorianus predates the Pleistocene desiccation of Lake Victoria: evidence from mitochondrial DNA sequence variation

Rutaisire, J. and Booth, A.J. and Masembe, C. and Nyakaana, S. and Muwanika, V.B. (2004) Evolution of Labeo victorianus predates the Pleistocene desiccation of Lake Victoria: evidence from mitochondrial DNA sequence variation. South African Journal of Science, 100 (11 & 12). pp. 607-608. ISSN 0038-2353

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Abstract

Geological data show that Lake Victoria dried out some 15 000 years ago. These data suggest that the entire faunal diversity within the lake has evolved since this time. However, mitochondrial DNA sequence diversity in the endemic cyprinid fish, Labeo victorianus, was high (24 haplotypes in 38 individuals; percentage sequence divergence of 0.74%), suggesting that the evolution of this species predates this Late Pleistocene climatological event. This finding is consistent with what has been reported earlier for cichlid fishes in the lake.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Rhodes Centenary issue
Uncontrolled Keywords:Lake Victoria, Labeo victorianus
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Ichthyology & Fisheries Science
ID Code:119
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Deposited On:16 Aug 2005
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