[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at wesleyan.edu
Fri Apr 9 20:23:38 CDT 2010

On Fri, April 9, 2010 2:41 pm, Kim van der Linde wrote:
>> 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?

Diagnosis by plesiomorphy (or more appropriately, lack of
apomorphies) is still diagnosis.  Is it ideal?  No.  But it's better
than putting "Drosophilidae gen."

> 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.

This makes no sense.  If Drosophila s.l. is split up and Drosophila
s.s. is restricted to the clade with funebris, leaving them called
"Drosophila" means that a large portion of them will be in the wrong
genus.  For some of them it may not even be possible to ever do so,
depending on the condition of the types and how common they are.

Karl Magnacca
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Hawaii-Hilo

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