[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Kim van der Linde kim at kimvdlinde.com
Fri Apr 9 19:41:30 CDT 2010


Karl,

On 4/9/2010 3:31 PM, Karl Magnacca wrote:
> 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.

Okay, lets go with this for the moment. What would those apomorphies be?

> "Idiomyia", for example, is only
> distinguishable by dissecting the male genitalia.

Well, that is at least better than Drosophila.

>> 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?

Nah. Because the species currently not assigned to a proper 
subgenus/radiation can stay in Drosophila, and so there is no real 
problem, as they do not change their name. They are called now 
Drosophila, they will be called Drosophila. Actually, some of the 
species are not even Drosophila, so this exercise is needed regardless.

Kim




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