RRC ID 57421
Author Vishalakshi C, Singh BN.
Title Effect of mutations on developmental stability and canalization in morphological traits in Drosophila ananassae.
Journal J Hered
Abstract The present study was designed to determine the effects of visible mutations of large effect on developmental stability and canalization in different morphological traits, namely, sternopleural bristle number, wing length, wing to thorax ratio, ovariole number, and sex comb tooth number (SCTN) in Drosophila ananassae. We have compared the mean trait size, fluctuating asymmetry (FA) (as an index of developmental stability), and morphological variation (as an index of canalization) of different mutant strains (yellow body color, y; claret eye color, ca; plexus wing, px; spread wing, spr; ebony body and sepia eye color, e se; yellow body and claret eye color, y ca; and cardinal eye color, curled wing, and ebony body color, cd cu e) with wild-type strain. The mean trait size of all morphological traits differs significantly among the wild-type and mutant strains. The wild-type and mutant strains vary significantly for the morphological variation and also for the levels of the FA in different morphological traits. However, we have found no increase in either the variance or in the degree of FA with the increase of the mutations (except in SCTN in y mutant). The plausible reasons for the variation in wild-type and mutant strains with particular reference to developmental stability and canalization have been discussed.
Volume 99(5)
Pages 539-45
Published 2008-1-1
DOI 10.1093/jhered/esn026
PII esn026
PMID 18477590
MeSH Animals Drosophila / anatomy & histology* Drosophila / genetics* Drosophila / growth & development Female Genes, Insect Genetic Variation Male Mutation*
IF 2.618
Times Cited 5
Drosophila mutant strains of Drosophila ananassae