Evolutionary Implications of Sexual Behavior in Drosophila

  • Herman T. Spieth


Investigations by biologists studying diverse groups of animals have unequivocally shown that the behavior of organisms displays a structure which can be utilized for comparative analysis in a manner comparable to that which morphological structure provides. This is not surprising since behavior is the action of structure responding to stimuli, either internal or external, that have been received, perceived, and processed by the organism. Comparative behavior can thus serve as an effective tool for the analysis of the evolution of animals, particularly related groups of species.


Sexual Behavior Sexual Selection Mating Behavior Courtship Behavior Evolutionary Implication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herman T. Spieth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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