Courtship inDrosophila sechellia: Its structure, functional aspects, and relationship to those of other members of theDrosophila melanogaster species subgroup

  title={Courtship inDrosophila sechellia: Its structure, functional aspects, and relationship to those of other members of theDrosophila melanogaster species subgroup},
  author={Matthew Cobb and Barrie Burnet and Robert A Blizard and Jean Marc Jallon},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
The courtship behavior of Drosophila sechelliais described. Male wing displays are mainly vibration and scissoring, with low levels of rowing. As courtship proceeds the proportion of courtship spent in male wing vibration and licking increases, whereas female movement decreases. The male courtship song of sechelliacontains pulse song but no sine song. This species also shows a distinctive “copulation song” associated with mounting and copulation. The main cuticular hydrocarbon in females is 7… 

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A few chemical words exchanged byDrosophila during courtship and mating

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Chemosensory elements of courtship in normal and mutant, olfaction-deficientDrosophila melanogaster

  • Donald A. GaileyRobert C. LacailladeJ. C. Hall
  • Biology
    Behavior genetics
  • 1986
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Multivariate analysis of Drosophila courtship.

  • T. MarkowS. Hanson
  • Biology, Psychology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1981
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