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Elife. 2015 Mar 25;4. doi: 10.7554/eLife.05635.

Advancing biology through a deeper understanding of zebrafish ecology and evolution.

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Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, United States.

Abstract

Over the last two decades, the zebrafish has joined the ranks of premier model organisms for biomedical research, with a full suite of tools and genomic resources. Yet we still know comparatively little about its natural history. Here I review what is known about the natural history of the zebrafish, where significant gaps in our knowledge remain, and how a fuller appreciation of this organism's ecology and behavior, population genetics, and phylogeny can inform a variety of research endeavors.

KEYWORDS:

behavior; ecology; evolutionary biology; genomics; phylogeny; pigment pattern; population genetics; sex determination; the natural history of model organisms; zebrafish

PMID:
25807087
PMCID:
PMC4373672
DOI:
10.7554/eLife.05635
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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