[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?
neale at bishopmuseum.org
Thu Apr 15 18:47:32 CDT 2010
At 2:11 PM -1000 4/15/10, Francisco Welter-Schultes wrote:
>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.
I'd be interested in your search protocol as I believe you just
"thought" of a name that would rank high and searched. As such it is
a flawed method for getting the "true" most frequently mentioned
organisms. One would need a database of *all* genus-species
combinations and run it against all the Google pages to come up with
a more complete listing.
Anyway, I had some fun with this did the same "think of a good name"
method and found the following (above 600,000) that were missed
(thus: no doubt there are obviously more).
Bacillus subtilis 1,680.000
Streptococcus pneumoniae 1.110.000
Canis familiaris 872.000
Homo erectus 868.000
Apis mellifera 851.000
Bacillus cereus 605.000
Drosophila melangoaster now drops to 10th.
BTW: my search on Homo sapiens found 26,300.000 hits, so in just that
short amount of time between your search and my search, 1.2 million
more pages were added to the web with the string "Homo sapiens"!
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