[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at wesleyan.edu
Fri Apr 9 14:31:46 CDT 2010

Kim van der Linde wrote:
> Yes, that is an option, which would generate a genus with 2250+
> species,

Yes, but it would be diagnosable genus, as opposed to the four you
are proposing to set up.  "Idiomyia", for example, is only
distinguishable by dissecting the male genitalia.  Where are all the
usual suspects who are always howling on Taxacom about how wonderful
paraphyletic taxa are?  This is one case where they're actually

> and with more than 100 secondary homonyms in need a new
> species name. Talk about a nightmare.....

More of a nightmare than the 100+ species that are not currently
assigned to a subgenus or species group, for which you would have to
dissect out the genitalia of the types to figure out what new genus
they belong to?

By the way, the actual decision can be found here:
(you have to search for the case number, and it's listed under
everything for that case).

Karl Magnacca
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Hawaii-Hilo

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