POLYTENE CHROMOSOMES OF THE FACE FLY, MUSCA AUTUMNALIS DEGEER
VAS DEV *
Department of Zoology, Punjab University, Chandigarh-160014
J. MEYAR *
Department of Entomology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota 58105
*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Polytene chromosomes were examined from trichogen cells and foot pad hypodermal cells of developing pupae, and salivary glands of 3rd instar larvae ofMusca autumnalis. Results indicate that polytene chromosomes from these tissues are unsuitable for detailed investigations. In addition, nurse cell nuclei of adult females exhibited only a reticular chromosome structure.
Keywords: Genetics, polytene chromosomes, Diptera, face fly, Musca autumnalis, trichogen cells, nurse cells