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[Peculiarities of the courtship song in the Drosophila melanogaster populations adapted to gradient of microecological conditions].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zhurnal evoliutsionnoĭ biokhimii i fiziologii
Publication Date
Volume
45
Issue
5
Pages
478–485
Identifiers
PMID: 19886194
Source
Medline
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Abstract

In theory of evolution, two chief scenarios of development of sexual isolation--allopatric and sympatric, which act respectively under conditions of geographic separation or without it. Differences in the courtship behavior and in the used signals can lead to reproduction isolation and prevent gene exchange between sympatric populations or species, in which postcopulational barrier are absent. The previous studies of natural Drosophila populations inhabiting the opposite, ecologically contract slopes of evolutional canyon (vicinities of the brook Open in the mountain ridge Karmel, Israel) revealed statistically significant differences between them by the complex of adaptive and behavioral parameters including courtship behavior and choice of partner for copulation. Astonishingly, differentiation of two populations has appeared in spite of a very small distance between two slopes. Here we report the statistically significant differences between males from the opposite slopes in characteristics of the courtship song that is one of signals serving for recognition by female of sexual partner of her species. We suggest that these differences can underlie the earlier revealed female discriminational behavior and can reflect different adaptive strategies in the populations inhabiting opposite canyon slopes.

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