CaveCrawler: an interactive analysis suite for cavefish bioinformatics. Academic Article uri icon


  • The growing use of genomics in diverse organisms provides the basis for identifying genomic and transcriptional differences across species and experimental conditions. Databases containing genomic and functional data have played critical roles in the development of numerous genetic models but most emerging models lack such databases. The Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus exists as 2 morphs: surface-dwelling and cave-dwelling. There exist at least 30 cave populations, providing a system to study convergent evolution. We have generated a web-based analysis suite that integrates datasets from different studies to identify how gene transcription and genetic markers of selection differ between populations and across experimental contexts. Results of diverse studies can be analyzed in conjunction with other genetic data (e.g. Gene Ontology information), to enable biological inference from cross-study patterns and identify future avenues of research. Furthermore, the framework that we have built for A. mexicanus can be adapted for other emerging model systems.

published proceedings

  • G3 (Bethesda)

altmetric score

  • 2.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Perry, A., McGaugh, S. E., Keene, A. C., & Blackmon, H.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Perry, Annabel||McGaugh, Suzanne E||Keene, Alex C||Blackmon, Heath

editor list (cited editors)

  • Kern, A.

publication date

  • July 2022