You are viewing this Species as classified by:

Brief Summary

Read full entry


Drosophila are small flies, that is to say members of the Order Diptera. Adult D. melanogaster are about 1 mm in length, the female being slightly larger than the male. They are distinguished from most closely related flies by their "pectinate" aristae, hair-like structures carried by their antennae.  When flying D. melanogaster and its relatives and its relatives have a very distinctive "jizz", hard to describe but once seen forever recognized and diagnostic.


Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

Michael Ashburner


EOL content is automatically assembled from many different content providers. As a result, from time to time you may find pages on EOL that are confusing.

To request an improvement, please leave a comment on the page. Thank you!