[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Ellinor Michel e.michel at nhm.ac.uk
Thu Apr 8 13:48:01 CDT 2010


News on Names!

Drosophila melanogaster - Opinion issued on Case 3407
"A case that challenges the name of the biologists¹ favourite research
subject, Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as ŒDrosophila, the fruit
fly¹, has concluded. The case submitted to the International Commission on
Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), proposed that the name Drosophila
melanogaster be protected as a combination, but this was not supported by
the Commission. This means that the fruit fly¹s name is likely to change to
Sophophora melanogaster if results of a new evolutionary analysis are
accepted."

With more information, publicity, and commentary:
ICZN News page:  
<http://iczn.org/content/drosophila-melanogaster-opinion-issued-case-3407>

Nature: What's in a name? Fly world is abuzz
<http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100407/full/464825a.html>

TimesOnline  Identity crisis for fly that¹s the apple of scientists¹ eye
<http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/biology_evolution/article7091
142.ece> 

The Loom/Discover Magazine  Drosophila, We Hardly Knew Ye
<http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/04/07/drosophila-we-hardly-knew
-ye/>

The Australian - Row over fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster name bugs
scientists
<http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/row-over-fruit-fly-drosophila-me
lanogaster-name-bugs-scientists/story-e6frg6so-1225851294539>

Fox News - Fruit Fly Identity Crisis Dividing Scientists
<http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/08/fruit-fly-identity-crisis-dividin
g-scientists/>

on Twitter #Drosophaclypse and elsewhere.....

(let us know of further coverage when you see it!)



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Dr Ellinor Michel

Executive Secretary
International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)207-942-5653  (alternative number -5516)
iczn-em at nhm.ac.uk

www.iczn.org
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