A genetic colour polymorphism is present in bluefin killifish Lucania goodei, where red and yellow anal-fin morphs coexist in clear springs, but the source of balancing selection is unknown. In a field study, vertical distributions did not differ between the morphs and there was little evidence that light environments differed qualitatively over the 200 cm at which fish were collected. A greenhouse study showed that both morphs preferred to spawn at shallow depths and hence vertical distribution and spawning site choice are unlikely to explain the maintenance of the colour polymorphism.
- colour polymorphism
- light environment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Aquatic Science