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- n. Any member of the Drosophilidae.
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Terrestrial invertebrates have been little studied, although 58 free living species are recorded, 10 being endemic and over 20 introduced. 12 parasitic species have also been found, and two examples of adaptive radiation on the islands, among drosophilid flies and weevils.
The most probable explanation of this fact is that these other islands were colonized by drosophilid after most ecologic niches had already been filled by earlier arrivals.
The authors used the D. melanogaster transgenic system to screen for functional adaptations in the NEEs from divergent drosophilid species.
Anti-evolutionists might perhaps suggest an alternative hypothesis: in a fit of absentmindedness, the Creator went on manufacturing more and more drosophilid species for Hawaii, until there was an extravagant surfeit of them in this archipelago. (p. Dobzhansky's theological claim #8: It is nonsenical to impute the creation of Hawaiian drosopholids to God.