[Taxacom] melanogaster in the Economist

Frank.Krell at dmns.org Frank.Krell at dmns.org
Fri Apr 30 09:05:07 CDT 2010

... and actually, 'taxonomy' did think twice and did not just change one of the most used names in biology, but applied for a way to maintain 'the few ties that bind it to the outside world' (i.e. maintaining the combination Drosophila melanogaster by declaring it the type species).
Taxonomy did what it could, and could always submit another Case to the ICZN to save Drosophila melanogaster after the paper in question will be published, probably with stronger backing by the dipterists community.


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From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of bckcdb at istar.ca [bckcdb at istar.ca]
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Quoting Donat Agosti <agosti at amnh.org>:

> This in a nutshell the conclusion of The Economist.
> "Some commissioners do not agree: "This application assumes the public
> cannot learn new words," said one. Luckily, there is no taxonomic police
> force, so there is no obligation to abide by any revision to the name of the
> famous fly. But if taxonomy wants to retain its relevance to the public it
> might want to think twice before cutting the few ties that bind it to the
> outside world. "

* disciplines (economists) who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?



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