Low allozyme and mtDNA variability in the island endemic species Drosophila sechellia (D. melanogaster complex)

Experientia. 1990 Jan 15;46(1):101-4. doi: 10.1007/BF01955430.


Genetic variability of D. sechellia is investigated at both mitochondrial and nuclear levels. The results reveal the existence of a single main type of mtDNA with very few variants and a very low enzyme polymorphism. This situation is consistent with the small population size of this specialized species.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics*
  • Drosophila / genetics*
  • Drosophila / ultrastructure
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Enzymes / genetics*
  • Female
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Seychelles


  • DNA, Mitochondrial
  • Enzymes
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes