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  • Study: In darters, male competition drives evolution of flashy fins, bodies

    A new study of orangethroat darters reveals that the males ability to recognize their own and other species drives the evolution of their bright display colors.

    A new study of orangethroat darters reveals that the males’ ability to recognize their own and other species drives the evolution of their bright display colors.

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  • Editor’s notes:
    To reach Rachel Moran, email rmoran9@illinois.edu.
    To reach Becky Fuller, email rcfuller@illinois.edu.
    The paper “Agonistic character displacement of genetically based male color patterns across darters” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.
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