Patterns and Processes of Speciation in Ancient Lakes

Proceedings of the Fourth Symposium on Speciation in Ancient Lakes, Berlin, Germany, September 4–8, 2006

  • Thomas Wilke
  • Risto Väinölä
  • Frank Riedel
Conference proceedings

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 205)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-3
  2. East African Great Lakes

    1. Stephan Koblmüller, Kristina M. Sefc, Christian Sturmbauer
      Pages 5-20
    2. Bernd Egger, Beate Obermüller, Eva Eigner, Christian Sturmbauer, Kristina M. Sefc
      Pages 37-48
    3. Christian Sturmbauer, Christoph Hahn, Stephan Koblmüller, Lisbeth Postl, Danny Sinyinza, Kristina M. Sefc
      Pages 49-56
    4. Christian Sturmbauer, Corinna Fuchs, Georg Harb, Elisabeth Damm, Nina Duftner, Michaela Maderbacher et al.
      Pages 57-68
    5. Dieter Anseeuw, Gregory E. Maes, Paul Busselen, Dries Knapen, Jos Snoeks, Erik Verheyen
      Pages 69-79
    6. Saskia A. E. Marijnissen, Ellinor Michel, Marjolein Kamermans, Kim Olaya-Bosch, Moniek Kars, Daniel F. R. Cleary et al.
      Pages 81-94
  3. Balkan Lakes Ohrid and Prespa

  4. Sulawesi Lake Systems

    1. Julia Schwarzer, Fabian Herder, Bernhard Misof, Renny K. Hadiaty, Ulrich K. Schliewen
      Pages 201-213
    2. Elisabeth Sabo, Denis Roy, Paul B. Hamilton, Peter E. Hehanussa, Roger McNeely, G. Douglas Haffner
      Pages 225-235

About these proceedings


Ancient lakes are exceptional freshwater environments that have continued to exist for hundreds of thousands of years. They have long been recognized as centres of biodiversity and hotspots of evolution. During recent decades, speciation in ancient lakes has emerged as an important and exciting topic in evolutionary biology.

The contributions in this volume deal with patterns and processes of biological diversification in three prominent ancient lake systems. Of these, the famous East African Great Lakes already have a strong tradition of evolutionary studies, but the two other systems have so far received much less attention. The exceptional biodiversity of the European sister lakes Ohrid and Prespa of the Balkans has long been known, but has largely been neglected in the international literature until recently. The rich biota and problems of its evolution in the two central lake systems on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, in turn, have only lately started to draw scientific attention.

This volume aims at deepening the awareness of the unusual biological diversity in ancient lakes in general, and of the role of these lakes as natural laboratories for the study of speciation and diversification in particular. It should stimulate further research that will lead to a better understanding of key evolutionary processes in these lakes, and to knowledge that might help in mitigating the deterioration of their diversity in the future.


Ancient Lakes Biodiversity Conservation Hotspot Speciation environment evolution evolutionary biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Wilke
    • 1
  • Risto Väinölä
    • 2
  • Frank Riedel
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Animal Ecology and SystematicsJustus Liebig University GiessenGiessenGermany
  2. 2.Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Department of Earth SciencesFree University of BerlinBerlinGermany

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