Sektion Ichthyologie

Bonn, Germany

Sektion Ichthyologie

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Herder F.,Sektion Ichthyologie | Schliewen U.K.,Bavarian State Collection of Zoology ZSM | Geiger M.F.,Sektion Ichthyologie | Hadiaty R.K.,Indonesian Institute of Sciences | And 4 more authors.
Aquatic Invasions | Year: 2012

Invasive fish species can have major impacts on freshwater faunas, particularly in isolated systems harbouring adaptive animal radiations. Here, we report on the occurrence and recent rapid expansion of the hybridogenic "flowerhorn" cichlid in ancient Lake Matano, the hydrological head of the Malili Lakes system in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. We show that flowerhorns rapidly dispersed along the lake's shoreline, inhabited most of the southern inshore habitats in 2010, and were present all around the lake in mid-2012. In addition, we present stomach content and observational data supporting the hypothesis that this cichlid threatens the local fauna through both predation and competition. We discuss 13 additional alien fish species recorded in the Malili Lakes drainage since 2000, including the recent, first record of the invasive sailfin catfish Pterygoplichthys pardalis for Sulawesi, highlighting the multitude of artificial introductions of foreign fish species into these unique and highly isolated freshwater systems. We conclude that alien fish species pose both serious and diverse threats to the fauna of the Malili Lakes system - an ecosystem of high socio-economic importance and an exceptional natural laboratory for study of evolution, referred to as "Wallace's Dreamponds". Finally, we provide recommendations for minimizing future alien species introductions. © 2012 REABIC.


Pfaender J.,Sektion Ichthyologie | Pfaender J.,Leibniz Institute For Evolutions Und Biodiversitatsforschung | Hadiaty R.K.,Indonesian Institute of Sciences | Schliewen U.K.,SNSB Bavarian State Collection of Zoology ZSM | Herder F.,Sektion Ichthyologie
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences | Year: 2016

Strong disruptive ecological selection can initiate speciation, even in the absence of physical isolation of diverging populations. Species evolving under disruptive ecological selection are expected to be ecologically distinct but, at least initially, genetically weakly differentiated. Strong selection and the associated fitness advantages of narrowly adapted individuals, coupled with assortative mating, are predicted to overcome the homogenizing effects of gene flow. Theoretical plausibility is, however, contrasted by limited evidence for the existence of rugged adaptive landscapes in nature. We found evidence for multiple, disruptive ecological selection regimes that have promoted divergence in the sympatric, incipient radiation of ‘sharpfin’ sailfin silverside fishes in ancient Lake Matano (Sulawesi, Indonesia). Various modes of ecological specialization have led to adaptive morphological differences between the species, and differently adapted morphs display significant but incomplete reproductive isolation. Individual fitness and variation in morphological key characters show that disruptive selection shapes a rugged adaptive landscape in this small but complex incipient lake fish radiation. © 2016 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.


Cerwenka A.F.,Bavarian State Collection of Zoology ZSM | Wedekind J.D.,Bavarian State Collection of Zoology ZSM | Hadiaty R.K.,Indonesian Institute of Sciences | Schliewen U.K.,Bavarian State Collection of Zoology ZSM | Herder F.,Sektion Ichthyologie
Hydrobiologia | Year: 2012

Feeding specialisation is a typical feature of adaptive animal radiations. Different kinds of feeding specialisations have evolved in the endemic sailfin silversides species flock in Lake Matano (Central Sulawesi, Indonesia), including egg-feeding. The present study focuses on Telmatherina sarasinorum, a sailfin silverside species feeding on the eggs of related Telmatherina antoniae. Stomach content analyses supported T. antoniae eggs to be the dominant food item, independent of daytime. We hypothesized that the egg-feeders use alternative tactics for maximising egg consumption under varying densities of both, spawning T. antoniae pairs and competing conspecific egg-feeders. Focal behavioural observations were applied to describe different feeding tactics and to analyse feeding success and the related costs in terms of competitive interactions. Egg-feeders followed single courting pairs of T. antoniae or, alternatively, they switched between different spawning pairs. Following-behaviour, covering one or more spawning events of the host species, was positively related to enhanced egg consumption. Compared to feeding by switching frequently among different spawning pairs, the following tactic came at the cost of likewise increased competition. Behavioural observations suggest that some males monopolize courting pairs of T. antoniae and gain increased amounts of eggs compared to others avoiding competition by switching among pairs. The present results confirm that egg-feeding is a distinct trophic specialisation in T. sarasinorum and increase the scale of behavioural specialisation in Lake Matano's evolving Telmatherina radiation. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


Pfaender J.,Sektion Ichthyologie | Gray S.M.,McGill University | Rick I.P.,University of Bonn | Chapuis S.,Sektion Ichthyologie | And 2 more authors.
Hydrobiologia | Year: 2014

Persistent colour polymorphisms can result from natural and/or sexual selection, and may occur in males, females, or both sexes. Contrary to conspicuous patterns frequently observed in courtship colouration, differences in cryptic colouration are not always perceived by the human sensory system. In sexually dimorphic sailfin silversides fishes, males show conspicuous colour polymorphisms whereas females appear monomorphic and cryptic. We measured the spectral composition of body, fin and peduncle colouration in male and female Telmatherina antoniae ‘small’, a sailfin silverside species endemic to ancient Lake Matano, and found evidence for a colour polymorphism in both sexes. The three colour morphs distinguished by spectral data correspond to those commonly reported for males, and are also present in the visually (to a human eye) cryptic females. Females show hue value patterns similar to those present in males, but differ from males substantially in chroma and brightness. This is, to the best of our knowledge, the first example of a cryptic colour polymorphism in fishes; however, its significance for the mating system remains unknown. The present finding highlights the need for incorporating female spectral data into analyses of colour patterns, and suggests that colour analyses should include cryptic sexes. © 2013, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.


Emde S.,Goethe University Frankfurt | Kochmann J.,Goethe University Frankfurt | Kuhn T.,Goethe University Frankfurt | Dorge D.D.,Goethe University Frankfurt | And 3 more authors.
Parasitology Research | Year: 2016

Thermally altered water bodies can function as “hot spots” where non-native species are establishing self-sustaining populations beyond their tropical and subtropical native regions. Whereas many tropical fish species have been found in these habitats, the introduction of non-native parasites often remains undetected. Here, n = 77 convict cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) were sampled by electro-fishing at two sites from a thermally altered stream in Germany and examined for parasite fauna and feeding ecology. Stomach content analysis suggests an opportunistic feeding strategy of A. nigrofasciata: while plant material dominated the diet at the warm water inlet (∼30 °C), relative contributions of insects, plants, and crustaceans were balanced 3 km downstream (∼27 °C). The most abundant non-native parasite species was the tropical nematode Camallanus cotti with P = 11.90 % and P = 80.00 % at the inlet and further downstream, respectively. Additionally, nematode larvae of Anguillicoloides crassus and one specimen of the subtropical species Bothriocephalus acheilognathi were isolated. A. nigrofasciata was also highly infected with the native parasite Acanthocephalus anguillae, which could be linked to high numbers of the parasite’s intermediate host Asellus aquaticus. The aim of this study was to highlight the risk and consequences of the release and establishment of ornamental fish species for the introduction and spread of non-indigenous metazoan parasites using the convict cichlid as a model species. Furthermore, the spread of non-native parasites into adjacent fish communities needs to be addressed in the future as first evidence of Camallanus cotti in native fish species was also found. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


Pfaender J.,Sektion Ichthyologie | Schliewen U.K.,Sektion Ichthyologie | Herder F.,Sektion Ichthyologie
Evolutionary Ecology | Year: 2010

Disruptive natural selection on traits related to resource exploitation may lead to differential adaptation and finally to speciation. Trait utility, the performance of traits in terms of fitness, is a central criterion for the recognition of adaptive radiation. Utility of morphological structures involved in foraging can be detected by relating their variation to individual resource use. Here, we test for trophic adaptations in the radiation of "sharpfin" sailfin silversides (Atheriniformes: Telmatherinidae), endemic to ancient graben-lake Matano in central Sulawesi (Indonesia). This small species-flock is characterized by high phenotypic diversity, including traits most likely related to feeding ecology. Previous analyses suggest that species boundaries are porous, indicating very recent or possibly ongoing processes of species flock formation. To test for adaptation to resource use in this radiation, we compared morphological traits among trophic groups of individuals as identified by stomach content analyses. We analyzed variation in candidate structures or structural complexes commonly recognized as indicative of trophic adaptation in fish radiations, including shapes of body, oral and pharyngeal jaws, gill rakers and body size. We found fine-scaled morphological differentiation according to feeding habits, covering all traits analyzed. Fish-, shrimp- and egg-feeders were most distinct, with major axes of morphological variation fitting patterns of adaptation reported from other lacustrine fish radiations. Thus, the present results are consistent with fine-scaled morphological adaptation to resource use, supporting the adaptive character of the sharpfin sailfin silverside radiation. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


PubMed | Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Goethe University Frankfurt and Sektion Ichthyologie
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Parasitology research | Year: 2016

Thermally altered water bodies can function as hot spots where non-native species are establishing self-sustaining populations beyond their tropical and subtropical native regions. Whereas many tropical fish species have been found in these habitats, the introduction of non-native parasites often remains undetected. Here, n=77 convict cichlids (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) were sampled by electro-fishing at two sites from a thermally altered stream in Germany and examined for parasite fauna and feeding ecology. Stomach content analysis suggests an opportunistic feeding strategy of A. nigrofasciata: while plant material dominated the diet at the warm water inlet (30 C), relative contributions of insects, plants, and crustaceans were balanced 3 km downstream (27 C). The most abundant non-native parasite species was the tropical nematode Camallanus cotti with P=11.90 % and P=80.00 % at the inlet and further downstream, respectively. Additionally, nematode larvae of Anguillicoloides crassus and one specimen of the subtropical species Bothriocephalus acheilognathi were isolated. A. nigrofasciata was also highly infected with the native parasite Acanthocephalus anguillae, which could be linked to high numbers of the parasites intermediate host Asellus aquaticus. The aim of this study was to highlight the risk and consequences of the release and establishment of ornamental fish species for the introduction and spread of non-indigenous metazoan parasites using the convict cichlid as a model species. Furthermore, the spread of non-native parasites into adjacent fish communities needs to be addressed in the future as first evidence of Camallanus cotti in native fish species was also found.

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