Drosophila hydei

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Drosophila hydei
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Drosophila hydei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Drosophilidae
Genus: Drosophila
Subgenus: Drosophila
Species: Drosophila hydei
Binomial name
Drosophila hydei

Drosophila hydei is a species of Diptera, or the order of flies, in the family Drosophilidae. It is a species in the hydei species subgroup, a group in the repleta species group.[1] Bizarrely, it is also known for having approximately 23 mm long sperm, 10 times the length of the male's body.[2]

The name derives from Dr R. R. Hyde, who first discovered that the species was distinct from Drosophila repleta.[3]

Hydei are one of the more popular flies used as feeders in the pet trade. A few varieties are available, some flightless.


  1. ^ Greg S. Spicer; Scott Pitnick (1996). "Molecular Systematics of the Drosophila hydei Subgroup as Inferred from Mitochondrial DNA Sequences". J Mol Evol. 43 (3): 281–286. doi:10.1007/BF02338836. PDF Archived June 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Pitnick, S.; Markow, T.A. (1994). "Large-male advantages associated with costs of sperm production in Drosophila hydei, a species with giant sperm". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 91: 9277–9281. doi:10.1073/pnas.91.20.9277. PMC 44795. PMID 7937755.
  3. ^ Sturtevant, A. H. (1921). The North American Species of Drosophilia. Washington, DC: Carnegie Institute of Washington. p. 101.

Further reading[edit]

  • H. D. Berendes (1965). "Salivary gland function and chromosomal puffing patterns in Drosophila hydei". Chromosoma. 17 (1): 35–77. doi:10.1007/BF00285155.
  • H. D. Berendes; H. G. Keyl (1967). "Distribution of DNA in Heterochromatin and Euchromatin of Polytene Nuclei of Drosophila hydei". Genetics. 57 (1): 1–13. PDF
  • J. B. Boyd; H. D. Berendes; H. Boyd (1968). "Mass Preparation of Nuclei from the Larval Salivary Glands of Drosophila hydei". Journal of Cell Biology. 38: 369–376. CiteSeerX doi:10.1083/jcb.38.2.369. PDF

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