Collection Drosophila Species Distribution Data

Biological Adaptation, Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change, Population and Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics


The Drosophila Species Distribution Data Collection contains distribution data of nine drosophilid species that have been collected in Australia by the Hoffmann lab and other research groups between 1924 and 2005. More than 300 drosophilid species have been identified in the tropical and temperate forests located on the east coast of Australia. Many species are restricted to the tropics, a few are temperate specialists, and some have broad distributions across climatic regions. Their varied distribution along the tropical - temperate cline provide a powerful tool for studying climate adaptation and species distribution limits.

Publication Citations

See also

  • Chen, Y., Lee, S. F., Blanc, E., Reuter, C., Wertheim, B., Martinez-Diaz, P., Hoffmann, A. A., and Partridge, L., 'Genome-wide transcription analysis of clinal genetic variation in Drosophila', PLoS One, vol. 7, no. 4, 2012, pp. 1-8. Details
  • Jenkins, N. L. and Hoffmann, A. A., 'Distribution of Drosophila serrata Malloch (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Australia with particular reference to the southern border', Australian Journal of Entomology, vol. 20, 2001, pp. 41-48. Details
  • Kellermann, V., Loeschcke, V., Hoffmann, A. A., Kristensen, T. N., Fløjgaard, C., David, J. R., Svenning, J. and Overgaard, J., 'Phylogenetic constraints in key functional traits behind species' climate niches: patterns of desiccation and cold resistance across 95 Drosophila species', Evolution, vol. 66, no. 11, 2012, pp. 3377-3389. Details
  • Kellermann, Vanessa, Overgaard, Johannes, Hoffmann, Ary A., Fløjgaard, Camilla, Svenning, Jens-Christian, and Loeschcke, Volker, 'Upper thermal limits of Drosophila are linked to species distributions and strongly constrained phylogenetically', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 109, no. 40, 2012. Details
  • Schiffer, M., Carew, M. E. and Hoffmann, A. A., 'Molecular, morphological and behavioural data reveal the presence of a cryptic species in the widely studied Drosophila serrata species complex', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 17, no. 2, Blackwell Science, 2004, pp. 430-442. Details
  • van Heerwaarden, B., Kellermann, V., Schiffer, M., Blacket, M., Sgrò, C. M., and Hoffmann, A. A., 'Testing evolutionary hypotheses about species borders: patterns of genetic variation towards the southern borders of two rainforest Drosophila and a related habitat generalist', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 276, no. 1661, 2009, pp. 1517-1526. Details

Digital Resources

Drosophila Species Distribution Data