phenotype of the typical form of a species as it occurs in nature. Most prevalent allele – i.e., the one with the highest gene frequency – is the one deemed as wild type
With Drosophila melanogaster, wild type usually means the standard version of the famous laboratory population used in the T.H. Morgan laboratory, and since used around the world. This was, of course, only a sample of the natural populations.
- Futuyma D.J. Evolution. Sinauer, Sunderland, Massachusetts. p556