Studies on Mating Preference and Productivity in Drosophila ananassae and D. pallidosa and Their Hybrids

  •  Roshni Singh    
  •  Bashisth Narayan Singh    


During speciation different kinds of reproductive barriers originate to preclude gene flow between diverging populations. Reproductive isolation or barriers to gene flow can be categorized by the temporal nature of their effect: pre-zygotic barriers occur before fertilization and post-zygotic barriers occur after fertilization. In this study, we studied each components of reproductive isolation between D. ananassae and D. pallidosa, including both pre-zygotic and post-zygotic barriers. Because it might be possible that by dissecting these barriers one can get the answers of many unresolved questions related to the process of speciation of these two sibling species. We reported premating isolation because females of both D. ananassae and D. pallidosa were more discriminative for mating against the alien males rather than conspecific males, and this discrimination was much stronger in case of D. ananassae females for being the ancestral and cosmopolitan species. We also did not find any decrease in the production of progeny or viable offspring in comparison to conspecific males, indicating a lack of postmating prezygotic isolating barriers. Further, there is no complete lack of intrinsic post-zygotic isolation between these species or not complete presence of post-zygotic isolation, as both the hybrid sons were producing less number of progeny in comparison to all the crosses but it is near to significant but not significant and this is contrasting to the results of a previous study.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1916-9671
  • ISSN(Online): 1916-968X
  • Started: 2009
  • Frequency: semiannual

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