The Drosophilinae are the largest subfamily in the Drosophilidae. The other subfamily is the Steganinae.

Drosophila sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Drosophilidae
Subfamily: Drosophilinae
Rondani, 1856



Many molecular studies have addressed small parts of the phylogenetic tree. Most of these studies are limited to species of the genus Drosophila. The genus Drosophila is paraphyletic as several genera, such as Zaprionus, Scaptomyza and Lordiphosa, are positioned within the genus. Position of the bolded species in the phylogenetic tree is at least reasonably well supported by existing molecular evidence.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

Tribe: Drosophilini

Subtribe: Colocasiomyina
Genus: Baeodrosophila
Genus: Colocasiomyia
Genus: Palmomyia
Genus: Palmophila
Subtribe: Drosophilina
Infratribe: Drosophiliti
Genus: Bialba
Genus: Calodrosophila
Genus: Celidosoma
Genus: Chymomyza
Genus: Dicladochaeta
Genus: Hypselothyrea
Genus: Jeannelopsis
Genus: Lissocephala
Genus: Marquesia
Genus: Microdrosophila
Genus: Mulgravea
Genus: Neotanygastrella
Genus: Paraliodrosophila
Genus: Poliocephala
Genus: Protochymomyza
Genus: Scaptodrosophila
Genus: Sphaerogastrella
Genus: Styloptera
Genus: Tambourella
Genus: Zaropunis
Genus: Drosophila including the following genera:
Infratribe: Laccodrosophiliti
Genus: Zapriothrica
Genus: Laccodrosophila

Tribe: Cladochaetini

Genus: Cladochaeta
Genus: Diathoneura

Tribe unknown:

Genus: Miomyia
Genus: Collessia
Genus: Balara

For species within the various genera, see Taxodros


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  2. Da Lage, J.-L., G. J. Kergoat, F. Maczkowiak, J.-F. Silvain, M.-L. Cariou & D. Lachaise 2007. A phylogeny of Drosophilidae using the Amyrel gene: questioning the Drosophila melanogaster species group boundaries. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 45(1): 47-63.
  3. Davis, T., J. Kurihara, E. Yoshino & D. Yamamoto 2000. Genomic organisation of the neural sex determination gene fruitless (fru) in the Hawaiian species Drosophila silvestris and the conservation of the fru BTB protein-protein-binding domain throughout evolution. Hereditas 132(1): 67-78.
  4. DeSalle, R. 1992. The phylogenetic relationships of flies in the family Drosophilidae deduced from mtDNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 1: 31-40.
  5. Gailey, D. A., S. K. Ho, S. Ohshima, J. H. Liu, M. Eyassu, M. A. Washington, D. Yamamoto & T. Davis 2000. A phylogeny of the Drosophilidae using the sex-behaviour gene fruitless. Hereditas 133(1): 81-83.
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  7. Hu, Y.-G. & M. J. Toda 2002. Cladistic analysis of the genus Dichaetophora Duda (Diptera: Drosophilidae) and a revised classification. Insect Systematics and Evolution 33: 91-102.
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