Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 249–262 | Cite as

A lack of locomotor activity rhythms inDrosophila melanogaster larvae (Diptera: Drosophilidae)

  • Elena P. Sawin
  • Harold B. Dowse
  • Melanie J. Hamblen-Coyle
  • Jeffery C. Hall
  • Marla B. Sokolowski


We examined the locomotor activity ofDrosophila melanogaster for the existence of circadian rhythms, using the wild type and two mutants of theperiod (per) gene,pero andpers. This was accomplished using a newly described apparatus for the recording and measurement of larval path lengths over a 96-h test period. None of the larvae examined exhibited appreciable diel rhythms under cycling conditions of light or temperature. Larvae were also not rhythmic under free-running conditions. Our results suggest that theper gene does not influence an observable locomotor behavioral phenotype in the larval stage of development.

Key words

circadian rhythms behavior light-dark cycles temperature cycles period mutants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena P. Sawin
    • 1
  • Harold B. Dowse
    • 2
  • Melanie J. Hamblen-Coyle
    • 3
  • Jeffery C. Hall
    • 3
  • Marla B. Sokolowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyYork UniversityNorth YorkCanada
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of MaineOrono
  3. 3.Department of BiologyBrandeis UniversityWaltham

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