hop29 somatic clones in the eye are rare and have a cell autonomous growth disadvantage when compared to their wildtype twins. They occasionally have missing photoreceptor cells and polarity defects. In the rare larger clones a striking cell non-autonomous effect is seen. Ommatidia at the polar margin of the clones reverse their polarity such that the ommatidia point away rather than toward the equator, thus creating an ectopic equator. When a clone is observed very close to the dorso-ventral midline, the equator was deflected away and formed along the border of the clone. Most of the ommatidia with reversed polarity were composed entirely of wild-type photoreceptor cells. This effect was seen in both dorsal and ventral halves of the eye.
2% viable in transheterozygous combination with hop25.
Paternal rescue of the maternal effect. Germline clone analysis demonstrates that embryos have one abdominal segment missing and A4 appears wider than wild type, and partial or complete fusion of T1 and T2.