[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Dr. David Campbell amblema at bama.ua.edu
Thu Apr 8 15:25:24 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?)

The difficulty is that the actual type species of Drosophila is not 
very closely related to D. melanogaster.  Although both of them have 
the plesiomorphic generic vinegar fly morphology, some of the exotic 
flies such as the Hawaiian ones place in between phylogenetically.  One 
can either have a huge genus Drosophila with high morphological 
disparity or else multiple genera, but then all the genetics books have 
an outdated name.  So it is yielding place to the new.  

Dr. David Campbell
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Department of Biological Sciences
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University of Alabama, Box 870345
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0345  USA

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