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and its cosmopolitan relatives in urban islands

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Populations of brewery Drosophila have been studied for 2 years. Species distributions diner between breweries, and are very different from those found in woodland and fruitmarkets. It is suggested that breweries form ‘urban islands’. One of the commonest species found in breweries appears to be Drosophila virilis, which has not previously been found in Britain. Tests on various characteristics, including courtship song, have shown conclusively that this species is a strain of D. virilis.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Genetics, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT 2: Department of Zoology, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JT

Publication date: December 1, 1984

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