Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish

Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish

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Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish features contributions by leading researchers in a comprehensive, unique work that examines a number of distinct areas of biology-evolution, development, ecology, and behavior-using the Mexican cavefish as a powerful model system to further understanding of basic biological processes such as eye degeneration, hearing, craniofacial development, sleep, and metabolic function. These fish are currently being used to better understand a number of issues related to human health, including age-related blindness, sleep, obesity, mood-related disorders, and aging. The recent sequencing of the cavefish genome broadens the interest of this system to groups working with diverse biological systems, and has helped researchers identify genes that regulate sleep, eye degeneration, and metabolic function. Mexican cavefish are particularly powerful for the study of biological processes because these fish evolved independently in twenty-nine caves in the Sierra de el Abra Region of Northeast Mexico. These fish have dramatic adaptations to the cave environment, and this can be used to identify genes involved in disease-related traits. This scholarly text will be of interest to researchers and students throughout diverse areas of biology and ecology. It includes photographs of animals and behavior in laboratory and natural settings that will also increase interest and accessibility to non-experts.
Includes a mixture of images and illustrations such as the geographical distribution of cave pools and the developmental biology of the nervous systemFeatures a companion site with geographical maps and videos of cavefish behavior as additional tools for researching this model animalFills a notable gap in the literature on a topic of broad interest to the scientific communityPresents the recent sequencing of the cavefish genome as a groundbreaking development for researchers working with diverse biological systems
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 416 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Academic Press Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • 9780128023655

Table of contents


Mexican cavefish as a model for the study of evolution, development and behavior

Clifford Tabin

Ecology and Evolution

1. Cave exploration in the Sierra de el abra region

William Elliott

2. Hydrogeology of caves in the Sierra de El Abra region

Luis Espinasa

3. Biodiversity and ecology of Sierra de El Abra caves

William Elliott

4. Phylogeny and evolutionary history of A. mexicanus

Claudia Patricia Ornelas-García

Genetics and Genomics

5. Population genetics and QTL mapping approaches

Richard Borowsky

6. Genome sequencing and population genomics

Suzanne McGaugh

7.Selection through standing variation

Nicholas Rohner

Morphology and Development

8. Regressive evolution of albinism

William Jeffery

9. The molecular evolution of eye loss

Yoshi Yamamoto

10. The evolution of the cavefish craniofacial complex

Joshua Gross

11. Jaws and teeth: Adaptation to cave living

Tamara Franz Odenaal

12. Neural development in A. mexicanus

Sylvie Retaux


13. Sensory regulation of foraging behaviors in A. mexicanus

Masato Yoshizawa

14. Feeding Behavior and starvation response

Helene Volkoff

15. Evolutionary convergence of sleep loss

Alex Keene

16. Circadian Rhythms and light entrainment

David Whitmore

17. Social behavior and Aggression

Yannick Elipot and Helene Hinaux

18. Flow sensing and rheotaxis

Ernesto Maldanato

Future Applications

Transgenesis and future applications for cavefish research

Harold Burgess

Concluding remarks

Bill Jeffery (University of Maryland)
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