Drosophila heteroneura (Perkins, 1910)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Idiomyia heteroneura Perkins, 1910


Conservation Status

Last record: 1993 (Suckling et al. 2004)

Rediscovered in 16 November 1999 (Foote, 1999)



Kona, Hawaiian Islands, USA












Original scientific description:

Perkins, R. C. L. (1910). Supplement to Diptera. Fauna Hawaiiensis 2: 697-700.


Other references:

Ahearn, J. N. and Templeton, A. R. (1989). Interspecific hybrids of Drosophila heteroneura and D. silvestris I. Courtship success. Evolution, 43: 347–361.

American Museum of Natural History and Levon Biss (photographer). (2023). Extinct & Endangered: Insects in Peril. ABRAMS. 144 pp.

Boake, Christine R. B., Price, Donald K. and Andreadis, Debra K. (1998). Inheritance of behavioural differences between two interfertile, sympatric species, Drosophila silvestris and D. heteroneura. Heredity 80: 642-650. [Abstract]

Carson, H. L., Kaneshiro, K. Y. and Val, F. C. (1989). Natural hybridization between the sympatric Hawaiian species Drosophila silvestris and Drosophila heteroneura. Evolution, 43: 190–302.

Conant, P. (1978) Lek Behavior and Ecology of Two Sympatric Homosequential Hawaiian Drosophila : Drosophila heteroneura and Drosophila silvestris. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Hawaii.

Desalle, R., Giddings, L. V. and Kaneshiro, K. Y. (1986). Mitochondrial DNA variability in natural populations of Drosophila II. Genetic and phylogenetic relationships of natural populations of D. silvestris and D. heteroneura. Heredity, 56: 87–96.

Foote, D. (1999). Rediscovery of Drosophila heteroneura on the Island of Hawai'i. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 64: 27-28. [published in 2000?]

Magnacca, K.N, and D.K. Price. 2012. New species of Hawaiian picture wing Drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae), with a key to species. Zootaxa 3188: 1-30.

Nishida, G.M., Ed. 1994. Hawaiian Terrestrial Arthropoda Checklist. Second Edition. Hawaii Biological Survey, Contribution No. 94-04. Bishop Museum: Honolulu, Hawaii. 287 pp.

Price, D. K. and Boake, C. R. B. (1995). Behavioral reproductive isolation in Drosophila silvestris, D. heteroneura and their F1 hybrids (Diptera: Drosophilidae). J Insect Behav, 8: 595–616.

Spieth, Herman T. (1981). Drosophila heteroneura and Drosophila silvestris: Head Shapes, Behavior and Evolution. Evolution 35(5): 921-930. [Abstract]

Suckling, Kieran, Slack, Rhiwena and Nowicki, Brian. (2004). Extinct and the Endangered Species Act. Centre For Biological Diversity. 63 pp.


<< Back to the Diptera (Flies) database