[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?
fwelter at gwdg.de
Thu Apr 15 19:11:54 CDT 2010
> every school text book that mentions the most highly
> studied organism in the planet will have to include an explanation
> on scientific names an why they sometimes need to change.
This must have referred to Metaplicobaetica sapiens, I suppose.
Certainly not to Rhodosauroparamegalonurus rex, although this
organism might be studied more intensively than persons above a
certain age would probably like to admit.
I cannot say which is the "highest studied" organism, but I did a
quick research in Google for the most frequently mentioned organisms.
Homo sapiens 25.100.000
Escherichia coli 8.350.000
Mus musculus 4.110.000
Caenorhabditis elegans 1.720.000
Saccharomyces cerevisiae 2.710.000
Trypanosoma brucei 2.570.000
Arabidopsis thaliana 2.000.000
Oryza sativa 1.720.000
Drosophila melanogaster 1.550.000
Zea mays 1.550.000
Tyrannosaurus rex 985.000
Rattus norvegicus 939.000
Bos taurus 913.000
Xenopus laevis 884.000
Aedes aegypti 826.000
Plasmodium falciparum 819.000
I did not find any other name above 600.000.
Drosophila melanogaster ranks at number 9.
University of Goettingen, Germany
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