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ZIEGELBECKER A., SEFC K.M. 2021. Growth, body condition and contest performance after early-life food restriction in a long-lived tropical fish. Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7867.

ZIMMERMANN H., BOSE A.P.H., ZIEGELBECKER A., RICHTER F., BRAČUN S., EISNER H., KATONGO C., BANDA T., MAKASA L., HENSHAW J.M.,FRITZSCHE K., SEFC K.M. 2021. Is biparental defence driven by territory protection, offspring protection, or both? Animal Behaviour, 176, 43-56.

ZIEGELBECKER A., REMELE K., PFEIFHOFER H. W., SEFC, K. M. 2021. Wasteful carotenoid coloration and its effects on territorial behavior in a cichlid fish. Hydrobiologia, 848, 3683–3698.


AHI E.P., LECAUDEY L., ZIEGELBECKER A., STEINER O., GOESSLER W., SEFC, K.M. 2020. Expression levels of the tetratricopeptide repeat pro
tein gene ttc39b co-vary with carotenoid-based skin colour in cichlid fish. Biology Letters, 16: 20200629.

BOSE A.P.H., ZIMMERMANN H., WINKLER G., KAUFMANN A., STROHMEIER T., KOBLMÜLLER, S., SEFC K.M. 2020. Congruent geographic variation in saccular otolith shape across multiple species of African cichlids. Scientific Reports, 10: 12820.

SEFC, K. M., WAGNER M., ZANGL L., WEIß S., STEINWENDER B., ARMINGER P., WEINMAIER T., BALKIC N., KOHLER T., INTHAL S., KOVACIC,M., ZOGARIS S., HAHN C.,   KOBLMÜLLER, S. 2020. Phylogeographic structure and population connectivity of a small benthic fish (Tripterygion tripteronotum) in the Adriatic Sea. Journal of Biogeography, 47:2502–2517. 

BRAČUN S., WAGNER M., SEFC, K. M., KOBLMÜLLER, S. 2020. Seasonal growth patterns of Cymodocea nodosa and diversity of its epibiota in the northern Adriatic Sea. Annales. Series Historia Naturalis, 30 (1), 69-84.

AHI E.P., LECAUDEY L., ZIEGELBECKER A., STEINER O., GLABONJAT R., GOESSLER W., HOIS V., WAGNER C., LASS A., SEFC, K.M. 2020. Comparative transcriptomics reveals candidate carotenoid color genes in an East African cichlid fish. BMC Genomics, 21: 54.

ZIMMERMANN H., FRITZSCHE K., HENSHAW J.M., KATONGO C., BANDA T., MAKASA L., SEFC K.M., BOSE A.P.H. 2019. Nest defense in the face of cuckoldry: Evolutionary rather than facultative adaptation to chronic paternity loss. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19: 200.

BOSE A.P.H., ZIMMERMANN H., SEFC K.M. 2019. Freshwater hydrozoan blooms alter activity and behaviour of territorial cichlids in Lake Tanganyika. Royal Society Open Science, 6(11): 191053. 


WAGNER M., BRAČUN S., SKOFITSCH G., KOVAČIĆ M., ZOGARIS S., IGLESIAS S.P., SEFC K.M., KOBLMÜLLER S. 2019. Diversification in gravel beaches: a new interstitial fish radiation in the Mediterranean Sea. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 139:106525. 

TABORSKY M., KOBLMÜLLER S., SEFC K.M., MCGEE M., KOHDA M., AWATA S., HORI M., FROMMEN J.G. 2019. Insufficient data render comparative analyses of the evolution of cooperative breeding mere speculation: A reply to Dey et al. (2019). Ethology, 125:851–854.

AHI E.P., RICHTER F., SEFC K.M. 2019 Gene expression profiling suggests differences in molecular mechanisms of fin elongation between cichlid species. Scientific Reports, 9:9052.

BOSE A.P.H., HENSHAW J.M., ZIMMERMANN H., FRITZSCHE K., SEFC K.M. 2019. Inclusive fitness benefits mitigate costs of cuckoldry to socially paired males. BMC Biology, 17, 2.

KOBLMÜLLER S., ZANGL L., BÖRGER C., DAILL D., VANHOVE M. P. M., STURMBAUER C., SEFC K.M. 2019. Only true pelagics mix: Comparative phylogeography of deepwater bathybatine cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Hydrobiologia, 832, 93-103.


Ziegelbecker A., Richter F., Sefc K.M. 2018. Colour pattern predicts outcome of female contest competition in a sexually monomorphic fish. Biology Letters, 14: 20180480.

Bose A.P.H., Zimmermann H., Henshaw J.M., Fritzsche K., Sefc K.M. 2018. Brood-tending males in a biparental fish suffer high paternity losses but rarely cuckold. Molecular Ecology, 27: 4309-4321.

Tanaka H., Frommen J.G., Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M., McGee M., Kohda M., Awata S., Hori M., Taborsky M. 2018. Evolutionary transitions to cooperative societies in fishes revisited. Ethology, 124, 777-789.

Ahi E.P., Sefc K.M. 2018. Towards a gene regulatory network shaping the fins of the Princess cichlid. Scientific Reports 8:9602.


Ahi E.P., Richter F., Sefc K.M. A gene expression study of ornamental fin shape in Neolamprologus brichardi, an African cichlid species. Scientific Reports 7: 17398.

Ahi E.P., Sefc K.M. 2017. Anterior-posterior gene expression differences in three Lake Malawi cichlid fishes with variation in body stripe orientation. PeerJ 5:e4080. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4080.

Sefc K.M., Mattersdorfer K., Ziegelbecker A., Neuhüttler N., Steiner O., Gössler W., Koblmüller S. 2017. Shifting barriers and phenotypic diversification by hybridization. Ecology Letters, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12766/full.

Ahi E.P., Sefc K.M. 2017. A gene expression study of dorso-ventrally restricted pigment pattern in adult fins of Neolamprologus meeli, an African cichlid species. PeerJ, 5, e2843.

Koblmüller S., Nevado B., Makasa L., van Steenberge M., Vanhove M.P.M., Verheyen E., Sturmbauer C., Sefc K.M. 2017. Phylogeny and phylogeography of Altolamprologus: ancient introgression and recent divergence in a rock-dwelling Lake Tanganyika cichlid genus. Hydrobiologia, 791: 35-50.

Sefc K.M., Mattersdorfer K., Hermann C.M., Koblmüller S. 2017. Past lake shore dynamics explain present pattern of unidirectional introgression across a habitat barrier. Hydrobiologia, 791: 69-82.


Sefc K.M., Koblmüller S. 2016. Ancient hybrid origin of the eastern wolf not yet off the table: a comment on Rutledge et al. Biology Letters, 12: 20150834

Anderson C., Werdenig A., Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M. 2016. Same school, different conduct: Rates of multiple paternity vary within a mixed-species breeding school of semi-pelagic cichlid fish (Cyprichromis spp.). Ecology and Evolution, 6: 37-45.

Schneider K., Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M. 2016. HExT, a software supporting tree-based screens for hybrid taxa in multi-locus datasets, and an evaluation of the homoplasy excess test. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 7: 358-368.


Koblmüller S., Steinwender B., Weiß S., Sefc K.M. 2015. Gene flow, population growth and a novel substitution rate estimate in a subtidal rock specialist, the black-faced blenny Tripterygion delaisi (Perciformes, Blennioidei, Tripterygiidae) of the Adriatic Sea. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 53: 291-299.

Sefc K.M., Hermann C.M., Steinwender B, Brindl H., Zimmermann H., Mattersdorfer K., Postl L., Makasa L., Sturmbauer C., Koblmüller S. 2015. Asymmetric dominance and asymmetric mate choice oppose premating isolation after allopatric divergence. Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1372. pdf

Odreitz U., Sefc K.M. 2015. Territorial competition and the evolutionary loss of sexual size dimorphism. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 69: 593-601. pdf

Hermann C.M., Brudermann V. Zimmermann H., Vollmann J., Sefc K.M. 2015.Female preferences for male traits and territory characteristics in the cichlid fish Tropheus moorii. Hydrobiologia, 748, 61-74.

Koblmüller S., Odhiambo E.A., Sinyinza D., Sturmbauer C., Sefc K.M. 2015. Big fish, little divergence – phylogeography of Lake Tanganyika’s giant cichlid, Boulengerochromis microlepis. Hydrobiologia, 748, 29-38.


Huemer P., Mutanen M., Sefc K.M., Hebert P. 2014. Testing DNA barcode performance in 1000 species of European Lepidoptera: Large geographic distances have small genetic impacts. PLoS ONE, 9(12): e115774. pdf

Sefc K.M., Brown A.C., Clotfelter E.D. 2014. Carotenoid-based coloration in cichlid fishes. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A, 173, 42-51. pdf

Kirchberger P.C., Sefc K.M., Sturmbauer C., Koblmüller S. 2014. Outgroup effects on root position and tree topology in the AFLP phylogeny of a rapidly radiating lineage of cichlid fish. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70, 57-62. pdf


Maan M.E., Sefc K.M. 2013. Colour variation in cichlid fish: proximate mechanisms, selective pressures and evolutionary consequences. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, 24, 516-528. pdf

Zoppoth P., Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M. 2013. Male courtship preferences demonstrate discrimination against allopatric colour morphs in a cichlid fish. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, 577-586. pdf


Mattersdorfer K., Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M. 2012. AFLP genome scans suggest selection on color patterning in allopatric color morphs of a cichlid fish. Molecular Ecology, 21: 3531-3544.

Sefc K.M., Hermann C.M., Taborsky B., Koblmüller S. 2012. Brood mixing and reduced polyandry in a maternal mouthbrooding cichlid with elevated among-breeder relatedness. Molecular Ecology, 21: 2805-2815.

Kirchberger P.C., Sefc K.M., Sturmbauer C., Koblmüller S. 2012. AFLP-phylogeny of the Lake Tanganyika deepwater cichlid tribe Bathybatini. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Article ID 716209. pdf

Egger B., Sefc K.M., Makasa L., Sturmbauer C., Salzburger, W. 2012. Introgressive hybridisation between colour-morphs in a population of cichlid fishes twelve years after human-induced secondary admixis. Journal of Heredity, 103(4): 515-522.

Steinwender B, Koblmüller S, Sefc K.M. 2012. Concordant female mate preferences in the cichlid Tropheus moorii. Hydrobiologia, 682(1): 121-130.


Sefc K.M. 2011. Mating and Parental Care in Lake Tanganyika's Cichlids. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 2011, Article ID 470875, 20 pages, 2011. doi:10.4061/2011/470875. pdf

Hermann C.M., Sefc K.M., Koblmüller S. 2011. Ancient origin and recent divergence of a haplochromine cichlid lineage from isolated water bodies in the East African Rift System. Journal of Fish Biology, 79, 1356–1369.

Koblmüller S., Salzburger W., Obermüller B., Eigner E., Sturmbauer C., Sefc K.M. 2011. Separated by sand, fused by dropping water: Fragmented habitat and fluctuating water levels steer the evolution of rock-dwelling cichlid populations in Lake Tanganyika. Molecular Ecology, 20(11): 2272-2290.


Hellig C.J., Kerschbaumer M., Sefc K.M., Koblmüller S. 2010. Allometric shape change in the lower pharyngeal jaw correlates with a dietary shift to piscivory in a cichlid fish. Naturwissenschaften, 97: 663-672.

Egger B., Mattersdorfer K., Sefc K.M. 2010. Variable discrimination and asymmetric preferences in laboratory tests of reproductive isolation between cichlid colour morphs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23: 433-439.

Koblmüller S., Egger B., Sturmbauer C., Sefc K.M. 2010. Rapid radiation, ancient incomplete lineage sorting and ancient hybridization in the endemic Lake Tanganyika cichlid tribe Tropheini. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 55(1): 318-334.


Sefc K.M., Hermann C.M., Koblmüller S. 2009. Mating system variability in a mouthbrooding cichlid fish from a tropical lake. Molecular Ecology, 18: 3508-3517.

Sefc K.M., Koblmüller S. 2009. Assessing parent numbers from offspring genotypes: the importance of marker polymorphism. Journal of Heredity, 100: 197-205.

Koblmüller S., Duftner N., Sefc K.M., Aigner, U., Rogetzer M., Sturmbauer C. 2009. Phylogeographic structure and gene flow in the scale-eating cichlid Perissodus microlepis (Teleostei, Perciformes, Cichlidae) in southern Lake Tanganyika. Zoologica Scripta, 38: 257-268.

Balakrishnan C.N., Sefc K.M., Sorenson M.D. 2009. Incomplete reproductive isolation following host shift in brood parasitic indigobirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 276: 219-228.

Sefc K.M., Pejic I., Maletic E., Thomas M.R., Lefort F. 2009. Microsatellite markers for grapevine: tools for cultivar identification and pedigree reconstruction. In: Grapevine Molecular Physiology & Biotechnology. K.A. Roubelakis-Angelakis editor, Kluwer Publishers, Amsterdam. Pp 565-596.


Koch M., Hadfield J., Sefc K.M., Sturmbauer C. 2008. Pedigree reconstruction in wild cichlid fish populations. Molecular Ecology, 17: 4500-4511.

Koblmüller S., Schliewen U.K., Duftner N., Sefc K.M., Katongo C., Sturmbauer C. 2008. Origin and spread of the haplochromine cichlid fishes in Africa. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 49: 153-169.

Sefc K.M., Mattersdorfer K., Sturmbauer C., Koblmüller S. 2008. High frequency of multiple paternity in broods of a socially monogamous cichlid fish with biparental nest defence. Molecular Ecology, 17: 2531-2543.

Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M., Sturmbauer C. 2008. The Lake Tanganyika cichlid species assemblage: recent advances in molecular phylogenetics. Hydrobiologia, 615: 5-20.

Sturmbauer C., Hahn C., Koblmüller S., Phiri H., Sinyinza D., Sefc K.M. 2008. Variation of territorial size and defense behavior in breeding pairs of the endemic Lake Tanganyika cichlid fish Variabilichromis moorii. Hydrobiologia, 615: 49-56.

Sefc K.M. 2008. Variance in reproductive success and the opportunity for selection in a serially monogamous species: simulations of the mating system of Tropheus (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Hydrobiologia, 615: 21-35.

Egger B., Obermüller B., Eigner E., Sturmbauer C., Sefc K.M. 2008. Assortative mating between allopatric colour morphs of the endemic Lake Tanganyika cichlid species Tropheus moorii. Hydrobiologia, 615: 37-48.

Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M., Duftner N., Katongo C., Tomljanovic T., Sturmbauer C. 2008. A single mitochondrial haplotype and nuclear genetic differentiation in sympatric colour morphs of a riverine cichlid fish. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 21: 362-367.


Egger B., Koblmüller S., Sturmbauer C., Sefc K.M. 2007. Nuclear and mitochondrial data reveal different evolutionary processes in the Lake Tanganyika cichlid genus Tropheus. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7: 137. pdf

Duftner N., Sefc K.M., Koblmüller S., Salzburger W., Taborsky M., Sturmbauer C. 2007. Parallel evolution of facial stripe patterns in the Neolamprologus brichardi/pulcher species complex endemic to Take Tanganyika. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45: 706-715.

Koblmüller S., Egger B., Sturmbauer C., Sefc K. M. 2007. Evolutionary history of Lake Tanganyika’s scale-eating cichlids, the tribe Perissodini. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 44: 1295-1305.

Sefc K. M., Baric S., Salzburger W., Sturmbauer C. 2007. Species-specific population structure in rock-specialized sympatric cichlid species in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 64: 33-49.

Sefc K. M., Payne R. B., Sorenson M. D. 2007. Genetic differentiation after founder events: an evaluation of FST estimators with empirical and simulated data. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 9: 21-39.

Sefc K. M., Payne R. B., Sorenson M. D. 2007. Single base errors in PCR products from avian museum specimens and their effects on estimates of historical genetic diversity. Conservation Genetics, 8: 879-884.

Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M., Duftner N., Warum M., Sturmbauer C. 2007. Genetic population structure as indirect measure of dispersal ability in a Lake Tanganyika cichlid. Genetica, 130: 121-131.

Koblmüller S., Duftner N., Sefc K.M., Aibara M., Stipacek M., Blanc M., Egger B, Sturmbauer C. 2007. Reticulate phylogeny of gastropod-shell-breeding cichlids from Lake Tanganyika - the result of repeated introgressive hybridization. BMC Evolutionary Biology 7: 7. pdf

Koch M., Koblmüller S., Sefc K. M., Duftner N., Katongo C., Sturmbauer C. 2007. Evolutionary history of the endemic Lake Tanganyika cichlid fish Tylochromis polylepis: a recent intruder to a mature adaptive radiation. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 45: 64-71.


Duftner N., Sefc K. M., Koblmüller S., Nevado B., Verheyen E., Phiri H., Sturmbauer C. 2006. Distinct population structure in a phenotypically homogeneous rock-dwelling cichlid fish from Lake Tanganyika. Molecular Ecology, 15: 2381-2395.

Egger B., Obermüller B., Sturmbauer C., Phiri H., Sefc K.M. 2006. Monogamy in the maternally mouthbrooding Lake Tanganyika cichlid fish Tropheus moorii. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 273: 1797-1802.


Sefc K.M., Payne R.B., Sorenson M.D. 2005. Genetic continuity of brood-parasitic indigobird species. Molecular Ecology 14: 1407-1419.

Sturmbauer C., Koblmüller S., Sefc K.M., Duftner N. 2005. Phylogeographic history of the genus Tropheus, a lineage of rock-dwelling cichlid fishes endemic to Lake Tanganyika. Hydrobiologia, 542: 335-366.


Lopes M.S., Mendonça D., Sefc K.M., Gil F.S., Câmara Machado A. 2004. Genetic evidence of intra-cultivar variability within Iberian olive cultivars. HortScience 39(7): 1562-1565.

Froufe E., Sefc K.M., Alexandrino P, Weiss S. 2004. Isolation and characterisation of Brachymystax lenok microsatellite loci and cross-species amplification in Hucho spp. Molecular Ecology Notes, 4(2):150-152.


Sorenson M.D., Sefc K.M., Payne R.B. 2003. Speciation by host switch in brood parasitic indigobirds. Nature 424: 928-931.

Sefc K.M., Payne R.B., Sorenson M.D. 2003: Microsatellite amplification from museum feather samples: The effects of fragment size and template concentration on genotyping errors. Auk 120: 982-989.

Sefc K.M., Payne R.B., Sorenson M.D., 2003: Phylogenetic relationships of African sunbird-like warblers: Moho Hypergerus atriceps, Green Hylia Hylia prasina and Tit-hylia Pholidornis rushiae. The Ostrich 74: 8-17.

Sefc K.M., Steinkellner H., Lefort F., Botta R., da Câmara Machado A., Borrego J., Glössl J. 2003: Evaluating the genetic contribution of local wild vines to European grapevine cultivars. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture 54, 15-21.


Payne R.B., Hustler K., Stjernstedt R., Sefc K.M., Sorenson M.D., 2002: Behavioral and genetic evidence of a recent population switch to a novel host species in brood parasitic indigobirds Vidua chalybeata. Ibis 144, 373-383.

Lopes M.S., Sefc K.M., Laimer M., da Câmara Machado A. 2002: Identification of microsatellite loci in apricot. Molecular Ecology Notes 2, 24-26.


Sefc K.M., Payne R.B., Sorenson, M.D., 2001: Characterization of microsatellite loci in village indigobirds Vidua chalybeata and cross-species amplification in estrildid and ploceid finches. Molecular Ecology Notes 1, 252-255.

Sefc K.M., Lefort F., Grando M.S., Scott K., Steinkellner H., Thomas M.R., 2001: Microsatellite markers for grapevine: a state of the art. In: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Grapevine, K.A.Roubelakis-Angelakis editor, Kluwer Publishers, Amsterdam. Pp 407-438.


Sefc K.M., Lopes M.S., Mendonca D., Rodrigues dos Santos M., Laimer da Câmara Machado M., da Câmara Machado A., 2000: Identification of microsatellite loci in olive (Olea europaea) and their characterization in Italian and Iberian olive trees. Molecular Ecology 9, 1171-1173.

Sefc K.M., Leonhart W., Steinkellner H., 2000: Partial sequence identification of grapevine leafroll associated virus 1 and development of a highly sensitive IC-RT-PCR detection method. Journal of Virological Methods 86, 101-106.

Dalbo M.A., Ye G.N., Weeden N.F., Steinkellner H., Sefc K.M., Reisch B.I., 2000: A gene controlling grape flower sex placed on a molecular marker-based genetic map. Genome 43, 333-340.

Sefc K.M., Lopes M.S., Lefort F., Botta R., Roubelakis-Angelakis K.A., Ibanez J., Pejic I., Wagner H.W., Glössl J., Steinkellner H., 2000: Microsatellite variability in grapevine cultivars from different European regions and evaluation of assignment testing to assess the geographic origin of cultivars. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 100, 498-505.


Maletic E., Sefc K.M., Steinkellner H., Kontic J.K., Pejic I., 1999: Genetic characterization of Croatian grapevine cultivars and the detection of synonymous cultivars in neighboring regions. Vitis 38, 79-83.

Lopes M.S., Sefc K.M., Eiras Dias E., Steinkellner H., Laimer da Câmara Machado M., da Câmara Machado A., 1999: The use of microsatellites for germplasm management in a Portuguese grapevine collection. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 99, 733-739.

Sefc K.M., Regner F., Turetschek E., Glössl J., Steinkellner H., 1999: Identification of microsatellite sequences in Vitis riparia and their applicability for genotyping of different Vitis species. Genome 42, 367-373.


Sefc K.M., Guggenberger S., Regner F., Lexer C., Glössl J., Steinkellner H., 1998: Genetic analysis of grape berries and raisins using microsatellite markers. Vitis 37, 123-125.

Sefc K.M., Steinkellner H., Glössl J., Kampfer S., Regner F., 1998: Reconstruction of a grapevine pedigree by microsatellite analysis. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 97, 227-231.

Sefc K.M., Regner F., Glössl J., Steinkellner H., 1998: Genotyping of grapevine and rootstock cultivars using microsatellite markers. Vitis 37, 15-20.


Sefc K.M., Steinkellner H., Wagner H.W., Glössl J., Regner F., 1997: Application of microsatellite markers to parentage studies in grapevine. Vitis 36, 179-183.

Sefc K.M., Ruckenbauer P., Regner F, 1997: Embryogenesis in microspore culture of Vitis subspecies. Vitis 36: 15-20.


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