Drosophila willistoni

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Drosophila willistoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Drosophilidae
Genus: Drosophila
Subgenus: Sophophora
Species group: willistoni
Species: D. willistoni
Binomial name
Drosophila willistoni
(Sturtevant, 1916) [1]

Sophophora willistoni

Drosophila willistoni is a species of fruit fly. It was originally described by Alfred Sturtevant in 1916. It ranges from Florida, Mexico and Caribbean islands southwards to Argentina and is the most common Drosophilid fruit fly in the Amazon rainforest.[2]

Drosophila willistoni - Male

This fruitfly is widely used for scientific research, including genetic research.[3]


  1. ^ "Drosophila willistoni". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Regner, L. P.; Pereira, M. S. O.; Alonso, C. E. V.; Abdelhay, E.; Valente, V. L. S. (1996). "Genomic distribution of P elements in Drosophila willistoni and a search for their relationship with chromosomal inversions" (PDF). Journal of Heredity. Oxford University Press. 87 (3): 191–198. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.jhered.a022984. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  3. ^ A. Brito da Cunha; Th. Dobzhansky; O. Pavlovsky; B. Spassky (September 1959). "Genetics of Natural Populations. XXVIII. Supplementary Data on the Chromosomal Polymorphism in Drosophila willistoni in its Relation to the Environment". Evolution. Society for the Study of Evolution. 13: 389–404. doi:10.2307/2406115. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 

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