animals are viable as larvae and adults, with no morphological or behavioural abnormalities easily detected during routine culture. Df(2L)A400
larvae do not have defects in multiple dendritic neuron morphology. The larvae are normal in their response to external touch with an eyelash or single hair and show a normal response to four different odours in an olfactory taxis assay. The larvae are indistinguishable from wild type in their ability to respond to a hot probe (pain assay). Df(2L)A400
third instar larvae move with a decreased number of stops or turns compared to wild-type larvae, resulting in an extended straight or slightly arching contour trail and a total contour trail area nearly twice that of wild-type larvae. Crawling speed during a linear locomotion burst is increased in the mutant larvae compared to wild type. The mutant larvae complete a full contraction wave cycle in only 1.11 seconds compared to 1.94 seconds in wild-type larvae, due to a more rapid progression of the contraction wave from posterior to anterior and a significant decrease in the length of the pause period between contraction waves.