Swarm of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster

Swarm of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fruit flies. A swarm of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, seen clustered on glass. Known more correctly as a pomace fly, Drosophila melanogaster has for many years been the subject of genetic experiments, particularly on mutation, which has led to many important genetic discoveries. This small fly with red compound eyes was chosen for study because it reproduces rapidly and in large numbers; it has only four pairs of chromosomes which are large and easy to identify; genetic changes are obvious to see and external, as in the change of eye or body colour, shape of the wings, or bristles on the body.

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Keywords: animal, drosophila melanogaster, fly, fruit fly, fruitfly, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, of fruit fly, pomace fly, swarm, wildlife, zoology

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