The Establishment of Novel Mate-Recognition Systems in Introgressive Hybrid Drosophila Populations

  • Bruce Wallace
  • Milton W. Timm
  • Marina P. P. Strambi


Closely related species—for example, members of the same genus often coexist within small geographic areas. Drosophila pseudoobscura and D. persimilis can serve as a familiar example. Although their geographic distributions differ (Dobzhansky and Epling, 1944), as do their local spatial, feeding, and temporal preferences (Dobzhansky, 1951; Dobzhansky et al., 1956), members of these two species do nevertheless encounter one another where they occur sympatrically. They can, for example, be taken in the same trap. There, mating flies can be frequently observed, but when females are distributed individually among culture bottles, hybrid progeny are rarely encountered. Dobzhansky et al. (1968) report that among several thousand progenies examined over several decades, only two were of hybrid origin. [Reasons for believing that gene exchange between these species may be even rarer than these two cases would suggest are given by Dobzhansky (1951, 1973).] A preference for mating with a member of one’s own species (ethological isolation) is a necessary feature common to all congeneric species pairs living in sympatry.


Parental Species Mating Behavior Mating Preference Hybrid Population Mate Recognition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Wallace
    • 1
  • Milton W. Timm
    • 1
  • Marina P. P. Strambi
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of BiologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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