Review: Thermal preference in Drosophila

J Therm Biol. 2009 Apr 1;34(3):109-119. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2008.11.007.


Environmental temperature strongly affects physiology of ectotherms. Small ectotherms, like Drosophila, cannot endogenously regulate body temperature so must rely on behavior to maintain body temperature within a physiologically permissive range. Here we review what is known about Drosophila thermal preference. Work on thermal behavior in this group is particularly exciting because it provides the opportunity to connect genes to neuromolecular mechanisms to behavior to fitness in the wild.