Oecologia

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 69–75

Habitat choice in natural populations of Drosophila

Authors

  • Charles E. Taylor
    • Department of BiologyUniversity of California
  • Jeffrey R. Powell
    • Department of BiologyYale University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00349992

Cite this article as:
Taylor, C.E. & Powell, J.R. Oecologia (1978) 37: 69. doi:10.1007/BF00349992

Summary

Mark-release-recapture experiments performed with natural populations of Drosophila at Mather, California show that flies tend to return to their area of original capture or an area ecologically similar to it. Such habitat choice explains the microgeographic genetic differentiation we observed in the population. This behavioral difference between the flies may have a genetic component or may be environmentally induced. Either way, the results help explain how high levels of genetic variation are maintained by natural selection in these species.

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