Springer Nature is making SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research free. View research | View latest news | Sign up for updates

Correlated responses to selection for a behavioral trait inDrosophila melanogaster

  • 28 Accesses

  • 7 Citations

Abstract

Positive and negative geotactic behavior has been selected in strains ofDrosophila melanogaster for over 50 generations on multiple-unit classification mazes. Mating speed experiments showed that the selected and unselected strains differed greatly from each other. The geopositive flies mated more rapidly than the control flies, and the geonegative flies mated more slowly than the control flies. The females were shown to be chiefly responsible for the observed differences in mating speed. Investigation of other behavioral and structural changes indicated that courtship duration, locomotor activity, and aristal morphology also showed differences between the selected strains.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References

  1. Dobzhansky, T., and Spassky, B. (1967). An experiment on migration and simultaneous selection for several traits inDrosophila pseudoobscura.Genetics 55:723–734.

  2. Hirsch, J. (1959). Studies in experimental behavior genetics. II. Individual differences in geotaxis as a function of chromosome variations in synthesizedDrosophila populations.J. Comp. Physiol. Psychol. 52:304–308.

  3. Manning, A. (1961). The effects of artificial selection for mating speed inDrosophila melanogaster.Anim. Behav. 9:82–92.

  4. Manning, A. (1963). Selection for mating speed inDrosophila melanogaster based on the behavior of one sex.Anim. Behav. 11:116–120.

  5. Manning, A. (1967). Antennae and receptivity inDrosophila melanogaster females.Science 158:136–137.

  6. Manning, A. (1968). The effects of artificial selection for slow mating inDrosophila simulans. I. The behavioral changes.Anim. Behav. 16:108–113.

  7. Murphey, R. M., and Hall, C. H. (1969). Some correlates of negative geotaxis inDrosophila melanogaster.Anim. Behav. 17:181–185.

  8. Pasteur, G. (1969). Morphological differences betweenDrosophila pseudoobscura populations selected for opposite geotaxes and phototaxes.Genetics 62:837–847.

  9. Pyle, D. W. (1976). Oviposition site differences in strains ofDrosophila melanogaster selected for divergent geotactic maze behavior.Am. Nat. 110:181–184.

  10. Pyle, D. W. (1978). A chromosome substitution analysis of geotactic maze behavior inDrosophila melanogaster.Behav. Genet. 8:53–64.

  11. Woolf, C. (1968).Principles of Biometry, D. van Nostrand, Princeton, New Jersey.

Download references

Author information

Additional information

This work was supported by NIH Genetics Training Grant GM01433 to Arizona State University with partial support from NIH Grant GM19583 to Charles M. Woolf and NIH Grant GM18690 to Rollin C. Richmond.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Pyle, D.W. Correlated responses to selection for a behavioral trait inDrosophila melanogaster . Behav Genet 8, 333–340 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01067396

Download citation

Key Words

  • geotactic behavior
  • D. melanogaster
  • correlated responses