[Taxacom] Drosophila melanogaster name change?

Karl Magnacca kmagnacca at wesleyan.edu
Fri Apr 16 13:47:01 CDT 2010

Kim van der Linde wrote:
> The split of Drosophila is not based on the flavor of the day, but
> consistent with lots of research done over the past decades.

Demonstrating that Drosophila is paraphyletic is.  The actual
proposal to split it up *is* flavor-of-the-day, since the
relationships are not settled (the diagram on your website now shows
11 new genera instead of 8 as in 2008).  See the difference?  If the
relationships were all clear, the only argument would be about the
names, which is not the case.

Karl Magnacca
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Hawaii-Hilo

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