Drosophila - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124730526, 9780080454092


1st Edition

A Guide to Species Identification and Use

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Authors: Therese Markow Patrick O'Grady
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124730526
eBook ISBN: 9780080454092
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2005
Page Count: 272
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Anyone wishing to tap the research potential of the hundreds of Drosophila species in addition to D.melanogaster will finally have a single comprehensive resource for identifying, rearing and using this diverse group of insects. This is the only group of higher eukaryotes for which the genomes of 12 species have been sequenced.

The fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster continues to be one of the greatest sources of information regarding the principles of heredity that apply to all animals, including humans. In reality, however, over a thousand different species of Drosophila exist, each with the potential to make their own unique contributions to the rapidly changing fields of genetics and evolution. This book, by providing basic information on how to identify and breed these other fruitflies, will allow investigators to take advantage, on a large scale, of the valuable qualities of these other Drosophila species and their newly developed genomic resources to address critical scientific questions.

Key Features

  • Provides easy to use keys and illustrations to identify different Drosophila species
  • A guide to the life history differences of hundreds of species
  • Worldwide distribution maps of hundreds of species
  • Complete recipes for different Drosophila diets
  • Offers an analysis on how to account for species differences in designing and conducting experiments
  • Presents useful ideas of how to collect the many different Drosophila species in the wild


Geneticists, Evolutionary Biologists, Developmental, Biologists, Ecologists

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part 1: How to look at flies
    • Chapter 1: Phylogenetic relationships of Drosophilidae
      • Publisher Summary
      • The origin of the family Drosophilidae
      • Drosophilidae: relationships among genera
      • Conclusions
      • Acknowledgements
    • Chapter 2: Morphological characters
      • Publisher Summary
      • Head
      • Thorax
      • Abdomen
      • Glossary of morphological terms
    • Chapter 3: Key to species
      • Publisher Summary
      • Key to species in the Drosophila Species Stock Center
      • Scaptomyza
      • subgenus Bunostoma
      • subgenus Parascaptomyza
      • Samoaia
      • Chymomyza
      • Hirtodrosophila
      • Liodrosophila
      • Zaprionus
      • Scaptodrosophila
      • Drosophila
      • The immigrans-tripunctata radiation
  • Part 2: How to collect wild flies
    • Chapter 4: Collecting Drosophila in the wild
      • Publisher Summary
      • Tools and equipment
      • Preparing and using baits
      • Collecting from natural substrates
      • Collecting and transporting Hawaiian Drosophilidae
      • Permits
      • Transporting live adults or larvae
    • Chapter 5: Distribution
      • Publisher Summary
      • Distribution maps
    • Chapter 6: Handling wild-caught specimens
      • Publisher Summary
      • Living cultures
      • Vouchering and preserving Drosophila
  • Part 3: How to use living flies
    • Chapter 7: Life history variation
      • Publisher Summary
      • Egg to adult development times
      • Age at sexual maturity
      • Fecundity and fertility differences
      • Life history variation and ecology
    • Chapter 8: How to use ecological and life history information to rear flies
      • Publisher Summary
      • The basics of starting and caring for cultures
      • Life history and ecological considerations in culturing flies
      • Setting up cultures to collect healthy virgin flies
      • Collecting virgin flies
      • How to anesthetize flies
      • Rearing Hawaiian Drosophila
    • Chapter 9: Dietary considerations
      • Publisher Summary
      • Adult and larval Drosophila diets
      • Recipes
      • Special treatments and requirements
    • Chapter 10: Avoiding experimental artifacts: using information about life history and other differences in experimental design
      • Publisher Summary
      • Timing issues
      • Social influences on behavior
    • Chapter 11: Troubleshooting
      • Publisher Summary
      • Cultures too dry?
      • Cultures too wet?
      • Food crashes down when collecting?
      • Cultures contaminated with mold, bacteria, or mites?
      • Flies that won’t mate?
      • Females won’t oviposit?
  • Part 4: Resources
    • Chapter 12: Links to sources for supplies and equipment
      • Publisher Summary
      • Field work and equipment
      • Media supplies and equipment, laboratory supplies
      • Flies for sale
      • Species sequencing and BAC library projects
      • Other Drosophila resources and databases
  • Index


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About the Author

Therese Markow

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A.

Patrick O'Grady

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, U.S.A.


"The book treats this much researched organism in a succient and well-presented manner...This guide to Drosophila is highly recommended for all academic, research, and professional libraries." -E-STREAMS

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