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Phenotypic Variation of the Aedeagus of Drosophila serido Vilela & Sene (Diptera: Drosophilidae)

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Franco, Fernando F. [1] ; Soto, Ignacio M. [2] ; Sene, Fabio M. [1] ; Manfrin, Maura H. [3]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Med Ribeirao Preto, Dept Genet, BR-14049900 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Buenos Aires, Fac Ciencias Exactas & Nat, Depto Ecol Genet & Evoluc, Buenos Aires, DF - Argentina
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Filosofia Ciencias & Letras Ribeirao Preto, Dept Biol, BR-14040901 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Neotropical Entomology; v. 37, n. 5, p. 558-563, SEP-OCT 2008.
Web of Science Citations: 7

Drosophila serido Vilela \& Sene is a polytypic and cactophilic species with broad geographic distribution in Brazil. The morphology of the aedeagi of eight natural populations of D. serido was analyzed. Based on features of their aedeagi, populations of D. serido were discriminated with an efficiency of nearly 75%. The analysis using the Mantel test suggests that the morphological divergence of D. serido is correlated with the geographic distance among populations. There is no single cause to explain the observed pattern; therefore, the results were discussed considering the three main hypotheses to explain the aedeagus evolution: lock and key, pleiotropy and sexual selection. Alternatively, the aedeagus variability of D. serido might be related to environmental causes, such as temperature and/or host cacti. (AU)