Temporal and spatial heterogeneity of mtDNA polymorphisms in natural populations of Drosophila mercatorum. Academic Article uri icon


  • Restriction endonuclease analysis of mtDNA was used to examine the genetic relatedness of several geographically separated isolines of the Drosophila mercatorum subgroup. In addition, we examined the temporal and spatial distribution of two mtDNA restriction site polymorphisms produced by the enzymes BstEII and BstNI at a single locality--Kamuela, Hawaii. Due to small sample sizes of some collections and the undesirable dependance of the estimation of polymorphism frequency on its variance, an arcsin square root transformation of the frequency data was used. We also use an Fst estimator of our transformed frequencies to demonstrate considerable spatial and temporal differentiation within the Kamuela population. In contrast, isozyme data from the same population reveals no pattern of differentiation. The temporal and geographic heterogeneity and population subdivision detected with mtDNA analysis also is consistent with the known dispersal behavior and ecological constraints of this species. The mtDNA data in conjunction with the isozyme data show that the population structure of the Kamuela D. mercatorum is close to the boundary line separating panmixia from subdivision, a conclusion that could not be made from isozyme data alone.

published proceedings

  • Genetics

author list (cited authors)

  • DeSalle, R., Templeton, A., Mori, I., Pletscher, S., & Johnston, J. S.

citation count

  • 74

complete list of authors

  • DeSalle, R||Templeton, A||Mori, I||Pletscher, S||Johnston, JS

publication date

  • June 1987