[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

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


Ellinor,

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

John C. Landolt
Research Professor Emeritus
Shepherd University



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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
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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