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A Review of the Drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae) Species of Northeastern North America

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dc.contributor.advisor Marshall, Steve A. Miller, Meredith E. 2015-09-01T18:45:31Z 2016-07-22T05:00:46Z 2015-08 2015-07-22 2015-09-01
dc.description.abstract The iconic genus Drosophila Fallén has been studied extensively due to its centrality to research programs in genetics and evolutionary biology. The genus has recently attracted further attention because of the economic importance of the invasive species Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Spotted Wing Drosophila). Despite this, surprising gaps remain in our basic knowledge of the faunistics and distribution of the Nearctic Drosophila species, and there is no current and user-friendly key. Here I present a review of the northeastern North American species of Drosophila, based on the examination of over 10 000 specimens from major insect collections in North America. Results suggest that the fauna is larger than initially expected. The region is home to 37 Drosophila species, including two previously unrecorded species and two new (previously undescribed) species. An identification key to the genera of Drosophilidae and species of Drosophila found in northeastern North America are presented. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph (OMAFRA-HQP partnership) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Drosophila en_US
dc.subject Diptera en_US
dc.subject Drosophilidae en_US
dc.subject Review en_US
dc.subject Northeastern North America en_US
dc.subject North America en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject United States en_US
dc.subject Northeastern en_US
dc.subject Species en_US
dc.subject Drosophila suzukii en_US
dc.subject Spotted Wing Drosophila en_US
dc.subject Nearctic en_US
dc.subject taxonomy en_US
dc.subject faunistics en_US
dc.subject new en_US
dc.subject identification en_US
dc.subject key en_US
dc.subject new species en_US
dc.subject redescription en_US
dc.subject description en_US
dc.subject distribution en_US
dc.subject biology en_US
dc.title A Review of the Drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae) Species of Northeastern North America en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Environmental Sciences en_US Master of Science en_US School of Environmental Sciences en_US
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