Department Fish Ecology and Evolution
Arrival order and release from competition does not explain why haplochromine cichlids radiated in Lake Victoria
May 9, 2018
They were able to show that the cichlids were not the first to arrive in the lake basin, which was filling up again 15,000 years ago, but that other evolutionary lineages such as cyprinids and 'tilapia' were also already present. So it was not the reduced competition with other species that enabled the haplochromine cichlids to make such a radiation.