Acoustic communication in Drosophila

Eran Tauber, Daniel F. Eberl

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Acoustic communication during courtship has been extensively studied in many Drosophila species. Here we summarise approaches that have been applied to the study of both song production and hearing. These approaches harnessed a variety of genetic tools available in Drosophila, such as isolation of song or hearing mutants, QTL mapping and transgenesis as well as electrophysiology and behavioural analysis. We also provide a short guide for the methodology used in acoustic studies in Drosophila and discuss prospects and new tools that would benefit future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-210
Number of pages14
JournalBehavioural Processes
Issue number2
StatePublished - 29 Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Acoustic communication
  • Chordotonal organ
  • Courtship song
  • Drosophila
  • Hearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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