[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Kim van der Linde kim at kimvdlinde.com
Thu Apr 8 17:30:01 CDT 2010

Well, we asked for designation of Drosophila melanogaster as the type 
species. Nothing more. See 



On 4/8/2010 4:50 PM, Stephen Thorpe 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 an outdated name.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.


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