Genetic organization of a proximal region of the second chromosome in Drosophila melanogaster has been analysed by saturation mutagenesis. Seven alleles were uncovered in this region in addition to the one previously known. Besides this, quite a few mutations were isolated that non-complemented more than one group of lethals and looked very much like deletions of varying extent. Except one, all the lethals complemented M(2)z. © 1984 Indian Academy of Sciences.