Drosophila_melanogaster AnAge entry for Drosophila melanogaster

Classification (HAGRID: 00004)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda (Taxon entry)
        Class: Insecta (Taxon entry)
            Order: Diptera
                Family: Drosophilidae
                    Genus: Drosophila
Species
Drosophila melanogaster
Common name
Fruit fly
Synonyms
Drosophila ampelophila

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

IMR
0.05/year
MRDT
0.04 years
Maximum longevity
0.3 years (captivity)
Source
Multiple references, please see bibliography below
Sample size
Large
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

The fruit fly is mostly composed of post-mitotic cells, has a very short lifespan, and shows gradual ageing. Like in other species, temperature influences the life history of the animal. Caloric restriction has been shown to extend lifespan in fruit flies. Little is known about causes of death in old fruit flies but cardiac ageing has been reported [0981].

Several genes have been identified whose manipulation extends the lifespan of these animals [0068]. Given the various genetic and environmental manipulations of lifespan in this species, the maximum longevity is a conservative estimate.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
7 days
Male sexual maturity
7 days
Adult weight

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

Species in other databases

GenAge
Genes have been associated with ageing in this organism
GenDR

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 146290
Animal Diversity Web
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Encyclopaedia of Life
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 7227
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Ageing Literature
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