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‘Lesbian’ phenotype of Drosophila melanogaster?

Naturevolume 254pages241242 (1975) | Download Citation



A BEHAVIOURAL phenotype of female Drosophila melanogaster has been found which is characterised by the emission of what seems to be a somewhat rudimentary form of male courtship behaviour; it is directed towards other females, and also towards males. ‘Lesbian’ behaviour has not been reported before, although it may occur in other strains of D. melanogaster.

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    Present address: Department of Genetics and Human Variation, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia


  1. Laboratoire de Génétique Expérimentale des Populations, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, 34000, Montpellier, France



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