Evolution in the Dark: Habitat Transitions and Adaptations in Deep-Sea Fishes
Matt Davis, St. Cloud State University
Over one sixth of all marine fishes live at depths below 200 meters in oceans across the world. These deep-sea fishes have a diversity of fascinating evolutionary traits that have repeatedly evolved in lineages found at these depths. In this presentation I will discuss a temporal hypothesis of ray-finned fishes based on molecular data to review and investigate the repeated evolution of adaptations associated with deep-sea fishes and habitat transitions into and out of deep-sea environments.