Interspecific genetic control of courtship song production and reception in Drosophila

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Science  25 Apr 1986:
Vol. 232, Issue 4749, pp. 494-497
DOI: 10.1126/science.3083506


The genetic control of courtship song differences between Drosophila melanogaster and Drosophila simulans males was investigated by producing hybrids from reciprocal crosses. The song rhythm difference between the parental species appears to be due to sex-linked genes, whereas the basic interpulse-interval difference is autosomally inherited. Hybrid females show selective preferences for artificially generated songs carrying intermediate "hybrid" characteristics.

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