Fly fighting: octopamine modulates aggression

Curr Biol. 2008 Feb 26;18(4):R161-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.12.026.


The genetics and neurobiology of Drosophila aggression are still poorly understood. A new study using an automated method to analyze one component of male fly aggression has shown that the biogenic amine octopamine plays a role in the modulation of aggressive behavior.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Aggression / physiology*
  • Animals
  • Drosophila melanogaster / physiology*
  • Male
  • Octopamine / physiology*


  • Octopamine