Scientific name: Drosophila heteroneura
Common Name: Pomace fly (no common name).
USFWS Status: Candidate.
Distribution: Hawaii Island
Sound file (200K): [ click here ]
(from the Jason Project VI)
|Photo by W.P. Mull|
This very rare Drosophila fly is found only on the Big Island of Hawaii where its host is native lobelia bark. Males lek and do head-to-head "combat" (as in the picture above) to control territories. Its numbers are in a steep decline. It has been previously found in the kipuka in the Saddle area, but recent attempts to re-collect this species have proven fruitless.
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This page last revised 10 February 1997 by nle