Macrophoto of normal & mutant fruit fly

Macrophoto of normal & mutant fruit fly

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macro photograph of a normal & a mutant fruit fly of the species Drosophila melanogaster. The fly on the right, with the red compound eye, is the natural, or wild type, known as Oregon R. The fly on the left is a mutant type known as White Miniature Forked. It has white eyes, shorter wings than the normal fly, & the bristles on its face & body are distorted & forked. D. melanogaster has been used for many years in genetic studies because it is easy to raise in large numbers, reproduces rapidly, & many of its mutations are easy to spot under a low-powered light microscope. The adult flies are 2-3mm long. Magnification: x15 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, drosophila melanogaster, drosophila mutant, fruit fly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, mutant, mutation, nature, wildlife, zoology

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