Courtship in Drosophila

Annu Rev Genet. 2000;34:205-232. doi: 10.1146/annurev.genet.34.1.205.


Courtship is a complex behavior in Drosophila that recruits a wide range of genes for its realization, including those concerning sex determination, ion channels, and circadian rhythms. Results from different experimental approaches-behavioral and genetic comparisons between species, analysis of mutants and mosaics, and identification of specific sensory stimuli-sketch the outlines of a set of pleiotropic genes acting on a distributed system in the brain to produce the species-specific sequence of responses and actions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila / genetics
  • Drosophila / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Selection, Genetic
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal*
  • Species Specificity