Coboldia fuscipes (Scatopsidae)
Coboldia fuscipes represents the Bibionomorpha branch of lower dipterans i.e., the putative sister taxon of the Brachycera. It is a saprophageous, cosmopolitan species and easy to keep in the laboratory. One of the remarkable features of Coboldia fuscipes is its tiny genome of about 100 Mb in both sexes (Schmidt-Ott et al. 2009), which is comparable in size to that of C. elegans and among the smallest insect genomes.
Publication from the Schmidt-Ott lab:
- Schmidt-Ott U, Rafiqi, Ab. M, Sander K, Johnston JS (2009). Extremely small genomes in two unrelated dipteran insects with shared early developmental traits. Dev. Genes. Evol. 219, 207-210219, 207–210.
- Bullock SL, Stauber M, Prell A, Hughes J, Ish-Horowicz D, Schmidt-Ott, U. (2004). Differential Cytoplasmic mRNA Localization Adjusts Pair-Rule Transcription Factor Activity to Cytoarchitecture in Dipteran Evolution. Development 131, 4251-4261.
- Schmidt-Ott U, Sander K, Technau GM (1994). Expression of engrailed in embryos of a beetle and five dipteran species with special reference to the terminal regions. Roux's Arch. Dev. Biol. 203, 298-303.