[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

John Landolt JLANDOLT at shepherd.edu
Thu Apr 8 15:09:17 CDT 2010


I don't quite know what to say.
I have to admit that “dark bellied bearer of wisdom” sounds more elegant than “dark-bellied dew-lover".  To paraphrase Tennyson, the old order (subgenus?) changeth yielding place to the new (or would it be the even older?)

Cheers to all.


John C. Landolt
Research Professor Emeritus
Shepherd University

-----Original Message-----
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu on behalf of Ellinor Michel
Sent: Thu 4/8/2010 2:48 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?
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 ODrosophila, 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



Taxacom Mailing List
Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu

The Taxacom archive going back to 1992 may be searched with either of these methods:

(1) http://taxacom.markmail.org

Or (2) a Google search specified as:  site:mailman.nhm.ku.edu/pipermail/taxacom  your search terms here

More information about the Taxacom mailing list