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Diversity and evolution of Neotropical fishes

We study biodiversity, ecology, evolution and biogeography in South and Middle America using fish (focusing on cichlids) as our model group. Phylogenetic analyses form the backbone of our research. New species are routinely being discovered and described. The department’s laboratory is fully equipped for the up-to-date phylogenomic methods based on NGS technologies, like ddRAD sequencing.

Head: doc. MSc. Oldřich Říčan, Ph.D.
tel.: +420 387 772 238; +420 389 022 238

MSc. Ing. Lubomír Piálek, Ph.D.
RNDr. Štěpánka Říčanová, Ph.D.
MSc. Klára Dragová

Selected publications:
Říčan, O., Piálek, L., Zardoya, R., Doadrio, I., & Zrzavý, J. (2013). Biogeography of the Mesoamerican Cichlidae (Teleostei: Heroini): colonization through the GAARlandia land bridge and early diversificationJournal of Biogeography40(3), 579-593.

Říčan, O., Zardoya, R., & Doadrio, I. (2008). Phylogenetic relationships of Middle American cichlids (Cichlidae, Heroini) based on combined evidence from nuclear genes, mtDNA, and morphologyMolecular Phylogenetics and Evolution49(3), 941-957.

Pérez, G. A. C., Říčan, O., Ortí, G., Bermingham, E., Doadrio, I., & Zardoya, R. (2007). Phylogeny and biogeography of 91 species of heroine cichlids (Teleostei: Cichlidae) based on sequences of the cytochrome b geneMolecular phylogenetics and Evolution43(1), 91-110.


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