Drosophila melanogaster - Opinion issued on Case 3407

"A case that challenges the name of the biologists’ favourite research subject, Drosophila melanogaster, commonly known as ‘Drosophila, the fruit fly’, concluded today. The case submitted to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), proposed that the name Drosophila melanogaster be protected as a combination, but this was not supported by the Commission. This means that the fruit fly’s name is likely to change to Sophophora melanogaster if results of a new evolutionary analysis are accepted."

(Taken from the Press Release - available as PDF below)

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