[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

muscapaul muscapaul at gmail.com
Thu Apr 8 16:28:26 CDT 2010


Apologies for the appended link to my name (unless you are intersted in
Latvian flies ;) ).

Paul

On 8 April 2010 23:26, muscapaul <muscapaul at gmail.com> wrote:

> Which would have upset the whole nomenclature of the remainder of
> Drosophila, wreaking just as much havoc as the current decision does...
>
> Paulhttp://leb.daba.lv/46Karpa.pdf
>
> On 8 April 2010 22:50, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
>
>> The application to the ICZN (to protect a combination!) was a ridiculous
>> one. The application should have been to deem melanogaster to be the type
>> species of Drosophila, setting aside all previous designations of type
>> species for that nominal genus...
>>
>> Stephen
>>
>>
>>
>> ________________________________
>> From: Dr. David Campbell <amblema at bama.ua.edu>
>> To: John Landolt <JLANDOLT at shepherd.edu>
>> Cc: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu; Ellinor Michel <e.michel at nhm.ac.uk>
>> Sent: Fri, 9 April, 2010 8:25:24 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?
>>
>> > 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 an outdated name.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
>> 425 Scientific Collections Building
>> Department of Biological Sciences
>> Biodiversity and Systematics
>> University of Alabama, Box 870345
>> Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0345  USA
>>
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