Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Scientists Discover Fish in Act of Evolution in Africa’s Greatest Lake

From EcoWorldly, San Francisco, USA
Written by Sam Aola Ooko

In what could be a first in the world, a fish species known as cichlids has been discovered by scientists in the act of splitting into two distinct species in Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and one of the world’s biggest fresh water bodies.

This may be remarkable because what is causing them to diverge are adaptations to their vision as animals and plants try to cope with increased pollution and the effects of climate change.

The Pundamilia nyererei is a haplochromine type cichlid native to areas in the Mwanza Gulf region of Lake Victoria. This region consists of many islands where each island region has its own color variant of the fish.

Read full story in EcoWorldly.

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