[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

With more information, publicity, and commentary:
ICZN News page:  

Nature: What's in a name? Fly world is abuzz

TimesOnline  Identity crisis for fly that¹s the apple of scientists¹ eye

The Loom/Discover Magazine  Drosophila, We Hardly Knew Ye

The Australian - Row over fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster name bugs

Fox News - Fruit Fly Identity Crisis Dividing Scientists

on Twitter #Drosophaclypse and elsewhere.....

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

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


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