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      High levels of interspecific gene flow in an endemic cichlid fish adaptive radiation from an extreme lake environment


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          Studying recent adaptive radiations in isolated insular systems avoids complicating causal events and thus may offer clearer insight into mechanisms generating biological diversity. Here, we investigate evolutionary relationships and genomic differentiation within the recent radiation of Alcolapia cichlid fish that exhibit extensive phenotypic diversification, and which are confined to the extreme soda lakes Magadi and Natron in East Africa. We generated an extensive RAD data set of 96 individuals from multiple sampling sites and found evidence for genetic admixture between species within Lake Natron, with the highest levels of admixture between sympatric populations of the most recently diverged species. Despite considerable environmental separation, populations within Lake Natron do not exhibit isolation by distance, indicating panmixia within the lake, although individuals within lineages clustered by population in phylogenomic analysis. Our results indicate exceptionally low genetic differentiation across the radiation despite considerable phenotypic trophic variation, supporting previous findings from smaller data sets; however, with the increased power of densely sampled SNPs, we identify genomic peaks of differentiation ( F ST outliers) between Alcolapia species. While evidence of ongoing gene flow and interspecies hybridization in certain populations suggests that Alcolapia species are incompletely reproductively isolated, the identification of outlier SNPs under diversifying selection indicates the radiation is undergoing adaptive divergence.

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              Divergent selection and heterogeneous genomic divergence.

              Levels of genetic differentiation between populations can be highly variable across the genome, with divergent selection contributing to such heterogeneous genomic divergence. For example, loci under divergent selection and those tightly physically linked to them may exhibit stronger differentiation than neutral regions with weak or no linkage to such loci. Divergent selection can also increase genome-wide neutral differentiation by reducing gene flow (e.g. by causing ecological speciation), thus promoting divergence via the stochastic effects of genetic drift. These consequences of divergent selection are being reported in recently accumulating studies that identify: (i) 'outlier loci' with higher levels of divergence than expected under neutrality, and (ii) a positive association between the degree of adaptive phenotypic divergence and levels of molecular genetic differentiation across population pairs ['isolation by adaptation' (IBA)]. The latter pattern arises because as adaptive divergence increases, gene flow is reduced (thereby promoting drift) and genetic hitchhiking increased. Here, we review and integrate these previously disconnected concepts and literatures. We find that studies generally report 5-10% of loci to be outliers. These selected regions were often dispersed across the genome, commonly exhibited replicated divergence across different population pairs, and could sometimes be associated with specific ecological variables. IBA was not infrequently observed, even at neutral loci putatively unlinked to those under divergent selection. Overall, we conclude that divergent selection makes diverse contributions to heterogeneous genomic divergence. Nonetheless, the number, size, and distribution of genomic regions affected by selection varied substantially among studies, leading us to discuss the potential role of divergent selection in the growth of regions of differentiation (i.e. genomic islands of divergence), a topic in need of future investigation.

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                Mol Ecol
                Mol. Ecol
                Molecular Ecology
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                July 2015
                19 June 2015
                : 24
                : 13 ( doiID: 10.1111/mec.2015.24.issue-13 )
                : 3421-3440
                [ 1 ] Department of Genetics Evolution and EnvironmentUniversity College London London WC1E 6BTUK
                [ 2 ] Department of BiologyUniversity of York York YO10 5DDUK
                [ 3 ]Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern Bernastrasse 15 Bern 3005Switzerland
                [ 4 ] Edinburgh Genomics Ashworth LaboratoriesThe University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH9 3FLUK
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                [*] [* ]Correspondence: Antonia G. P. Ford, Fax: +44 (0)207 6797193; E‐mail: a.ford.11@ 123456ucl.ac.uk
                © 2015 The Authors. Molecular Ecology Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Pages: 20
                Funded by: BBSRC/NERC SynTax
                Funded by: UCL Graduate Scholarship
                Funded by: Graduate School Research Project Fund Award
                Funded by: Genetics Society
                Funded by: Percy Sladen Memorial Fund
                Original Article
                ORIGINAL ARTICLES
                Speciation and Hybridization
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                July 2015
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                adaptive radiation,admixture,alcolapia,cichlid,hybridization,lake magadi,lake natron,oreochromis,rad
                adaptive radiation, admixture, alcolapia, cichlid, hybridization, lake magadi, lake natron, oreochromis, rad


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