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[Drosophila] Saving the name Drosophila melanogaster

Kim van der Linde via dros%40net.bio.net (by kim from kimvdlinde.com)
Sun Apr 20 22:34:11 EST 2008

Dear All,

The genus Drosophila as currently defined is paraphyletic and to resolve 
this issue, sooner or later, the genus need to be split. Unfortunately, 
if the normal rules regarding naming of genera in this case is followed, 
Drosophila melanogaster would be renamed to Sophophora melanogaster as 
it is positioned within the subgenus Sophophora.

In order to avoid wide-scale confusion and instability with regard to 
Drosophila melanogaster, a proposal (Case 3407) to conserve the name 
Drosophila melanogaster is currently under consideration with the 
International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature 
(http://www.iczn.org/). If approved, Drosophila melanogaster will become 
the type species for the genus Drosophila (currently Drosophila 
funebris). If this is not approved, Drosophila melanogaster will become 
Sophophora melanogaster as soon as the genus is split.

For those interested in the case, or would like to find additional 
information, please visit 
http://www.kimvdlinde.com/professional/DrosophilaSplit.html were all 
relevant information is collected, included a reprint of the case in 
question (copied with explicit permission of the ICZN).

The procedure at the ICZN is as follows:
1. A application (case) is made to the Commission with a specific 
request. (http://www.iczn.org/Cases.htm)
2. Interested people can send a comment to the commission regarding the 
case, for example to express their opposition to the case. 
3. The commission votes on the case and publishes an opinion. 

The case was published last December and the first comments have been 
published in the March issue (one in favour, two opposing), and more 
comments will follow in the next issues. I have no idea how long 
comments are accepted, but interested parties are invited to express 
their position regarding the case 


Kim van der Linde

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