Data from: Multiple evolutionary pathways to decreased lateral plate coverage in freshwater threespine sticklebacks

Tuomas Eerikki Leinonen, R.J. Scott McCairns, Gabor Herczeg & Juha Merila
Adaptation to novel environments can be based either on standing genetic variation or variation attributable to new mutations. When standing genetic variation for a functional adaptation is lacking, and variation due to new mutations is not yet available, adaptation is possible only through alternative functional solutions. Reduction in the number of bony lateral plates as an adaptation to freshwater colonization by marine threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus) has occurred in numerous independent cases through allelic substitution...
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