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By Aldemaro Romero (auth.), Aldemaro Romero (eds.)

Hypogean (cave, artesian) fishes have involved researchers even ahead of they have been defined within the medical literature in 1842. for the reason that then, a couple of scientists have used them to justify their very own evolutionary principles, from neo-Lamarckism to neo-Darwinism, from impartial evolution to selectionist methods. study lately has proven that those fishes are even more advanced of their variations to the subterranean setting than formerly believed: there are people with positive aspects anticipated from residing in overall darkness (complete blindness and depigmentation) and negative in meals (extremely low metabolic rates); others fluctuate little or no, if any, from their epigean (surface) ancestors of their morphology and body structure (but now not so of their behavior). a few of them even dwell in nutrient-rich environments. really, the most ignored points of those animals is that there are extra species of hypogean fishes with no troglomorphisms (blindness, depigmentation) than with troglomorphic ones. The examine of those it sounds as if `unadapted' fishes is offering new insights into our realizing of the evolution of phenotypic characters, founding impact, behavioral, and physiological variations. The 86 species of troglomorphic fishes defined up to now belong to 18 varied households, a lot of which might not often healthy the idea that they have been 'preadapted' to overcome the underground setting. extra, many troglomorphic `species' express little or no genotypic differentiation compared to their putative ancestors, indicating that vast phenotype adjustments will be completed through little genetic reorganization, a reorganization that more often than not impacts regulatory genes. those and lots of different issues are mentioned during this quantity containing 29 papers, written by means of forty-one authors from nine nations. expectantly, this quantity will persuade many different researchers that hypogean fishes characterize a distinct chance to check an idea in evolutionary biology that's merely superficially understood: convergent evolution.

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