Drosophila melanogaster species group

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Drosophila melanogangster species group
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Drosophilidae
Subfamily: Drosophilinae
Genus: Drosophila
Subgenus: Sophophora
Species group: melanogaster
species subgroups

The Drosophila melanogaster species group belongs to the subgenus Sophophora and contains 10 subgroups.[1][2] The phylogeny in this species group is poorly known despite many studies covering many of the species subgroups. The most likely explanation is that the various subgroups diverted from each other in a relative short evolutionary time frame. Three subgroups have not yet been investigated in molecular studies, and their position in the phylogeny is unclear. The suzukii subgroup is paraphyletic as D. lucipennis is systematically placed within the elegans subgroup.

 melanogaster  species  subgroup

 flavohirta  species  subgroup

 takahashii and suzukii  species  subgroup

 eugracilis  species  subgroup

 ficusphila  species  subgroup

 elegans  species  subgroup

 rhopaloa  species  subgroup

Species subgroups:


  1. ^ Bächli, G. (1999-2010). TaxoDros: The Database on Taxonomy of Drosophilidae. Available at http://taxodros.unizh.ch/
  2. ^ Da Lage, J.-L., Kergoat, G. J., Maczkowiak, F., Silvain, J.-F., Cariou, M.-L. & Lachaise, D. (2007). A phylogeny of Drosophilidae using the Amyrel gene: questioning the Drosophila melanogaster species group boundaries. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 45, 47–63.