[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Geoff Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Thu Apr 8 23:22:29 CDT 2010

Cryptics? Well apparently not as such, but "Among all Drosophila species,
D. melanogaster is probably the  most differentiated into geographic
subpopulations or races,  according to habitats (alcohol tolerance) or
climate (latitudinal  clines)"


The Historical Discovery of the Nine Species in the Drosophila
melanogaster Species Subgroup. Jean R. David, Fran├žoise Lemeunier,
Leonidas Tsacas and Amir Yassin (2007)

Interesting paper, with some taxonomic background. Apparently the synonym
D. ampelophila Loew (1862) was initially widely used in lit, including by
Morgan in his first articles.  I guess everyone then coped with that
change, so .... really ... what's the problem?

>>> On 9/04/2010 at 2:04 p.m., "Geoff Read" <gread at actrix.gen.nz> wrote:
>Has anyone found cryptic within 'melanogaster' species,
or confusables, as they have in Hirudo medicinalis and some other
'model' organism  species?

Geoffrey B. Read, Ph.D.
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
gread at actrix.gen.nz

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