Drosophila Species Drosophila immigrans
Drosophila immigrans is a member of the immigrans species group (immigrans subgroup) within the Drosophila subgenus.
Drosophila immigrans is a cosmopolitan and urban species that occurs in temperate climates and does not tolerate hot and dry conditions. In Australia it has been recorded along the Eastern coast between Cairns (Queensland) and Hobart (Tasmania). It breeds almost exclusively on the decaying fruits and vegetables associated with human activity.
Drosophila immigrans has been used as a model to address evolutionary questions such as those related to climate adaptation and life-history evolution.
The genome of this species is in the process of being sequenced as part of the "Adaptation to climate change research project", which is funded by a Science & Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Research grant.