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Microspeciation of marine gobies

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Dutch title: Microspeciatie van mariene grondels
Reference no: P103/3E000400
Period: January 2000 till December 2000
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Fish; Genetic isolation; Marine biology; Speciation (biological)
Taxonomic terms: Pomatoschistus lozanoi (de Buen, 1923) [WoRMS]; Pomatoschistus minutus (Pallas, 1770) [WoRMS]
Geographical term: ANE, Baltic [Marine Regions]

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  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Departement Biologie; Afdeling Dierenecologie en -systematiek; Diversiteit en Systematiek van Dieren, more, co-ordinator

Gobies of the genus Pomatoschistus (Gobiidae) occur as a species complex. Habitatsegregation of the sympatric species P. minutus and P. lozanoi makes that both species inhabitat the same environment. The processes of this speciation will be studied in space and time with genetic markers. Moreover, a recent habitat adaptation seems to have occurred in P. minutus in the Baltic Sea. We will use population dynamical and genetic traits to clarify the phenomenon.

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