Atlas of Drosophila Morphology

Atlas of Drosophila Morphology

Wild-type and Classical Mutants

1st Edition - March 23, 2013

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  • Authors: Sylwester Chyb, Nicolas Gompel
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123846884
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123846891

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The Atlas of Drosophila Morphology: Wild-type and Classical Mutants is the guide every Drosophila researcher wished they had when first learning genetic markers, and the tool they wish they had now as a handy reference in their lab research. Previously, scientists had only poor-quality images or sketches to work with, and then scattered resources online - but no single visual resource quickly at their fingertips when explaining markers to new members of the lab, or selecting flies to do their genetic crosses, or hybrids. This alphabetized guide to Drosophila genetic markers lays flat in the lab for easy referencing. It contains high-resolution images of flies and the appropriate marker on the left side of each page and helpful information for the marker on the facing page, such as symbol, gene name, synonyms, chromosome location, brief informative description of the morphology, and comments on marker reliability. A companion website with updated information, useful links, and additional data provided by the authors complements this extremely valuable resource.  

Key Features

  • Provides an opening chapter with a well-illustrated introduction to Drosophila morphology
  • Features high-resolution illustrations, including those of the most common markers used by Drosophila researchers
  • Contains brief, practical descriptions and tips for deciphering the phenotype
  • Includes material relevant for beginners and the most experienced fly pushers


Researchers and professionals working with Drosophila in the fields of genetics, developmental biology, cell biology, neuroscience and related disciplines; academics working with different organisms that are considering using Drosophila and want a tool to make the transition easier; graduate/upper undergraduate students studying Drosophila

Table of Contents

  • Dedication



    How to use this book


    Technical notes


    Wild-type morphology


    Sexual dimorphism


    Head appendages

    Thorax (dorsal view)

    Thorax (lateral view)

    Wings and halteres


    Life stages: third instar larva and pupa

    Pupal development

    Eclosion and virgins

    Bristle markers

    Bristle Bl

    diminutive dm

    extra macrochaetae emc

    forked f

    hairy h

    Humeral Hu(AntpHu)

    javelin jv

    Minute M

    Pin Pin

    scute sc

    Scutoid Sco(snaSco)

    singed sn

    Sternopleural Sp(wgSp-1)

    spineless ss

    Stubble Sb

    Wing markers

    cubitus interruptus ci

    cut ct

    curled cu

    Curly Cy

    Dichaete D

    dumpy dp

    Lyra Ly

    miniature m

    Notch N

    radius incompletus ri(kniri-1)

    Serrate Ser

    veinlet ve(rhove-1)

    vestigial vg

    wingless wg

    Xasta Xa

    Markers of other appendages

    aristaless al

    Antennapedia Antp

    Distal-less Dll

    Sex combs reduced Scr

    thread th

    Ultrabithorax Ubx

    Eye shape markers

    Bar B

    Deformed Dfd

    Drop Dr

    eyeless-dominant ey

    Glued Gl

    glass gl

    Glazed Gla(wgGla)

    Irregular facets If(KrIf-1)

    Lobe L

    ocelliless oc

    rough ro

    Rough eye Roi(amosRoi)

    roughoid ru

    Eye color markers

    brown bw

    claret ca

    cinnabar cn

    garnet g

    Henna Hn

    karmoisin kar

    light lt

    Moiré Mé

    pink p

    purple pr

    rosy ry

    sepia se

    scarlet st

    vermillion v

    white w

    Body markers

    Black cells Bc

    ebony e

    pentagon ptg

    speck sp

    Tubby Tb

    yellow y

    Marker summary plates


    Eye shape

    Eye color


    Balancer chromosomes

    First Multiple 6 FM6

    First Multiple 7a FM7a

    First Multiple 7c FM7c

    First Multiple 7d FM7d

    First Multiple 7i FM7i

    Curly of Oster CyO

    Second Multiple 1 SM1

    Second Multiple 5 SM5

    Second Multiple 6a SM6a

    Second Multiple 6b SM6b

    Translocation CyO-TM9 T(2;3)CyO-TM9

    Minute-Rosy-Stubble MRS

    Minute-Karmoisin- Rosy-Stubble MKRS

    Third Multiple 1 TM1

    Third Multiple 2 TM2

    Third Multiple 3 TM3

    Third Multiple 6 TM6

    Third Multiple 6B TM6B

    Third Multiple 6C TM6C

    Third Multiple 8 TM8

    Third Multiple 9 TM9

    D. melanogaster subgroup species

    D. melanogaster

    D. simulans

    D. sechellia

    D. mauritania

    D. teissieri

    D. erecta

    D. orena

    D. yakuba

    D. santomea

    Male epandria summary plates


Product details

  • No. of pages: 242
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: March 23, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123846884
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123846891

About the Authors

Sylwester Chyb

Sylwester Chyb
Sylwester Chyb is a Visiting Scholar at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. He is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying insect sensory systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK

Nicolas Gompel

Nicolas Gompel
Nicolas Gompel is an investigator at the Institute de Biologie du Développement de Marseille (France). His research focuses on the evolution of morphology and behavior in fruit flies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut de Biologie du Développement de Marseille-Luminy, CNRS UMR, Marseille, France

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