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R. C. L. Perkins' Legacy to Evolutionary Research on Hawaiian Drosophilidae (Diptera)

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Title:R. C. L. Perkins' Legacy to Evolutionary Research on Hawaiian Drosophilidae (Diptera)
Authors:Kaneshiro, Kenneth Y.
Date Issued:Oct 1997
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Kaneshiro KY. 1997. R. C. L. Perkins' legacy to evolutionary research on Hawaiian Drosophilidae (Diptera). Pac Sci 51(4): 450-461.
Abstract:R. C. L. Perkins' influence on evolutionary research on the Hawaiian
Drosophilidae is presented. His observations of the bizarre secondary sexual structures
in this group led evolutionary biologists to focus research on the role of sexual
selection in speciation and the evolutionary processes responsible for the proliferation
of Drosophila species in the native Hawaiian fauna. A review of early taxonomic
treatment of the group and some of the ecological novelties of the group are discussed.
A better understanding of the genetics, ecology, behavior, morphology, etc. resulted
in a revision of the generic concepts of the group, and subsequent phylogenetic
studies using modem tools of molecular biology have confirmed the monophyletic
relationships among the species in this group.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 51, Number 4, 1997

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