New mutants and their chromosome assignment in the fly Megaselia scalaris

W. Traut*, G. Traut, H. G. Mertl, A. Egelhaaf

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We describe six new mutants, spontaneous or EMS-induced, and a previously isolated radiation-induced mutant of Megaselia scalaris Loew (Diptera, Phoridae). Five are eye-color mutants, one affects the segmentation of the abdomen, and one disturbs the regular form and arrangement of ommatidia in the compound eye. A complementation test exposed two pairs of alleles among the five eye-color mutants, leaving three different loci that affect eye pigmentation. Two of them influence the amount of xanthommatin synthesized, and one blocks the ommochrome pathway at the kynurenine step. We established chromosome assignment of the mutants by crossbreeding them with Y chromosome-autosome translocation strains.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Heredity
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)218-221
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 05.1994

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)


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