Adult optic lobes of Drosophila melanogaster are composed of neurons specific to the adult which develop postembryonically. The structure of the optic lobes and aspects of its development have been described, and a number of mutants that affect its development have been identified. The focus of every screen to date has been on disruption of adult structure or function. Although these loci were originally identified on the basis of viable mutants, some have proven capable of giving rise to lethal alleles. It seems reasonable to assume that mutants which strongly affect development of the imaginal-specific central nervous system may evidence abnormalities during the late larval or pupal stages when the adult central nervous system is undergoing final assembly and might show a lethal phase prior to eclosion (as is true for mutations at the previously defined l(1)ogre locus). We have carried out the first screen of autosomal and sex-linked late larval and pupal lethals to identify mutations that affect the development of the optic lobes. Our screen yielded nine mutants that could tentatively be grouped into three classes, depending on the neuroblast population affected and imaginal disc phenotypes. Two of these, including one that is allelic to l(1)zw1, were chosen for further analysis.
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