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The implication of survival rates in natural populations of Drosophila: capture-recapture experiments on domestic species

Rosewell, J. and Shorrocks, B. (1987). The implication of survival rates in natural populations of Drosophila: capture-recapture experiments on domestic species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 32(4) pp. 373–384.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8312.1987.tb00438.x
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Abstract

Adult survival rates were estimated in field populations of domestic Drosophila species by means of multiple capture-recapture experiments. Micronized fluorescent dusts were used as marking agents and analysis used the Fisher-Ford model: the assumptions of this model are justified using evidence from this study and the literature. Survival rates were commonly 0.45-0.85 per day, suggesting that mean life expectancy for adult flies is from 1.3 to 6.2 days in natural populations. No consistent differences in survival between sexes or seasons were demonstrated. The implications of low natural survival rates are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1987 The Linnean Society of London
ISSN: 1095-8312
Keywords: Drosophila; population size; survival rates; field populations; capture-recapture experiments;
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17349
Depositing User: Jonathan Rosewell
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 15:45
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 09:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17349
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