|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2008|
|Journal:||Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature|
|Type of Article:||Comment|
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The case to conserve the usage of the name Drosophila Fallén, 1832 overSophophora Sturtevant, 1939, for Drosophila melanogaster, is probably the most important ever to have been submitted for a ruling by the Commission in its 113-year history. Drosophila melanogaster, commonly referred to (especially by nontaxonomists) as simply ‘Drosophila’, is the most widely studied animal, apart, possibly, from Homo sapiens, in human history. At the time of writing, ‘Google searches result in the following numbers of ‘hits’: Drosophila: 6,700,000;Drosophila melanogaster: 3,640,000; Sophophora: 19,000. Thus the number of hits for Drosophila exceeds that for Sophophora by more than 350 times. This comparison illustrates, very simply, the current global comparative usage of the two names.
Comments on the proposed conservation of the usage of the generic name of Drosophila Fallén, 1823 (Insecta, Diptera) 1 (Case 3407)