The genetic basis of adaptive pigmentation variation in Drosophila melanogaster.

  title={The genetic basis of adaptive pigmentation variation in Drosophila melanogaster.},
  author={John E. Pool and Charles F. Aquadro},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  volume={16 14},
In a broad survey of Drosophila melanogaster population samples, levels of abdominal pigmentation were found to be highly variable and geographically differentiated. A strong positive correlation was found between dark pigmentation and high altitude, suggesting adaptation to specific environments. DNA sequence polymorphism at the candidate gene ebony revealed a clear association with the pigmentation of homozygous third chromosome lines. The darkest lines sequenced had nearly identical… CONTINUE READING
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