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Insects 2015, 6(4), 897-911;

Hydrocarbon Patterns and Mating Behaviour in Populations of Drosophila yakuba

Laboratoire Évolution, Génomes, Comportement et Écologie, CNRS, IRD, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette F-91198, France
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Academic Editor: Astrid T. Groot
Received: 18 May 2015 / Revised: 16 September 2015 / Accepted: 12 October 2015 / Published: 28 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sexual Communication in An Evolutionary Context)
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Drosophila yakuba is widespread in Africa. Here we compare the cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) profiles and mating behavior of mainland (Kounden, Cameroon) and island (Mayotte, Sao-Tome, Bioko) populations. The strains each had different CHC profiles: Bioko and Kounden were the most similar, while Mayotte and Sao-Tome contained significant amounts of 7-heptacosene. The CHC profile of the Sao-Tome population differed the most, with half the 7-tricosene of the other populations and more 7-heptacosene and 7-nonacosene. We also studied the characteristics of the mating behavior of the four strains: copulation duration was similar but latency times were higher in Mayotte and Sao-Tome populations. We found partial reproductive isolation between populations, especially in male-choice experiments with Sao-Tome females. View Full-Text
Keywords: Drosophila yakuba; cuticular hydrocarbons; mating behavior; reproductive isolation Drosophila yakuba; cuticular hydrocarbons; mating behavior; reproductive isolation

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Denis, B.; Rouzic, A.L.; Wicker-Thomas, C. Hydrocarbon Patterns and Mating Behaviour in Populations of Drosophila yakuba. Insects 2015, 6, 897-911.

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