Auditory system of fruit flies

Yuki Ishikawa, Azusa Kamikouchi

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The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is an invaluable model for auditory research. Advantages of using the fruit fly include its stereotyped behavior in response to a particular sound, and the availability of molecular-genetic tools to manipulate gene expression and cellular activity. Although the receiver type in fruit flies differs from that in mammals, the auditory systems of mammals and fruit flies are strikingly similar with regard to the level of development, transduction mechanism, mechanical amplification, and central projections. These similarities strongly support the use of the fruit fly to study the general principles of acoustic information processing. In this review, we introduce acoustic communication and discuss recent advances in our understanding on hearing in fruit flies. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled <Annual Reviews 2016>.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalHearing Research
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Antennal ear
  • Auditory neural circuits
  • Brain
  • Courtship song
  • Johnston's organ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems


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