Registered users receive a variety of benefits including the ability to customize email alerts, create favorite journals list, and save searches.
Please note that a BioOne web account does not automatically grant access to full-text content. An institutional or society member subscription is required to view non-Open Access content.
Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Interpopulation hybridization can lead to outbreeding depression within affected populations due to breakdown of coadapted gene complexes or heterosis in hybrid populations. One of the principal methods commonly used to estimate the level of developmental instability (DI) is fluctuating asymmetry (FA). We used three genetically differentiated Drosophila subobscura populations according to inversion polymorphism analysis and measured the variability of sternopleural bristle number and change in FA across generations P, F1, and F2 between intra- and interpopulation hybrids of D. subobscura. The mean variability of sternopleural bristle number in intra- and interpopulation hybrids of D. subobscura across generations cannot determine whether the changes at the level of developmental homeostasis are due exclusively to genomic coadaptation or to heterozygosity. Phenotypic variance (Vp) and FA of sternopleural bristle number was higher in interpopulation than in intrapopulation hybrids across generations. F1 hybrids were more developmentally stable compared to each parental population in both intra- and interpopulation hybrids. The most probable mechanism providing developmental homeostasis is heterozygote or hybrid superiority, also called overdominace. However, Vp was higher and FA lower in the F2 generation when compared to F1, due mainly to crossing-over in the formation of F2.