Drosophila species wings: so similar, but still distinctive
Kim van der Linde .
Presentation given at the 16 th annual meeting of the Netherlands Entomological Society, Groningen, the Netherlands.
Drosophila wings are surprisingly similar across species. All except one
large Hawaiian species poses the same number of veins, at approximately
the same locations. Despite this similarity, differences between species
are apparent. In this talk, the question I will be addressing is how
similar are the wings across species, and whether they are still
distinctive enough to distinguish the different species. To do so, I
will use a geo-morphometric approach in which we determine the exact
location of various landmarks. These landmarks are either ends of veins
or junctions between veins. Finally, I will discuss the potential of
this technique in the taxonomic field.