Gallery Links
Users Online
· Guests Online: 9

· Members Online: 0

· Total Members: 4,736
· Newest Member: Fabien Girard
Forum Threads
Theme Switcher
Switch to:
Last Seen Users
· bobabar< 5 mins
· Nikita Vikhrev00:13:02
· tobias00:20:38
· libor00:21:46
· Roger Thomason00:28:36
· kuv00:29:43
· Andre Burgers00:39:07
· RamiP00:43:04
· weia00:44:47
· Jim Senn00:59:54
Latest Photo Additions
Drosophila melanogaster R.I.P.?
Ellinor Michel on Taxacom:

News on Names!

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', has concluded. 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 flyıs name is likely to change to Sophophora melanogaster if results of a new evolutionary analysis are accepted."

With more information, publicity, and commentary:
ICZN News page
Nature: What's in a name? Fly world is abuzz
TimesOnline Identity crisis for fly that's the apple of scientists' eye
The Loom/Discover Magazine Drosophila, We Hardly Knew Ye
The Australian - Row over fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster name bugs scientists
Fox News - Fruit Fly Identity Crisis Dividing Scientists

on Twitter #Drosophaclypse and elsewhere...

(let us know of further coverage when you see it!)

Dr Ellinor Michel

Executive Secretary
International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature
Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)207-942-5653 (alternative number -5516)
#1 | KimvdLinde on 08 April 2010 22:47:04
if anybody wants to see all the case documents and other info, go here:
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Date and time
20 January 2022 19:49


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Temporary email?
Due to fact this site has functionality making use of your email address, any registration using a temporary email address will be rejected.

Please, help to make
possible and enable
further improvements!
Latest Articles
Syrph the Net
Those who want to have access to the Syrph the Net database need to sign the
License Agreement -
Click to Download

Public files of Syrph the Net can be downloaded HERE

Last updated: 25.08.2011
You must login to post a message.

09.01.22 17:56
Hello, I'm looking for literature on chironomid larvae that are able to survive after being entrapped in ice for at least several days . So far I've only found literature on Eretmoptera murphy

11.12.21 17:10
Dematoneura in the gallery should be DeSmatoneura

23.09.21 15:29
All sorted.

16.09.21 22:24
Sorry put 5 new threads in Asilidae forum instead in Syrphidae forum, can pleas an admin move it to Syrph? THANKS, Norbert

09.09.21 07:48

09.09.21 07:47
wing ventation is totally different

03.09.21 12:51
Hi, what's the major difference between dolichopodidae and rhagionidae? Can someone help me? Thanks!

28.06.21 15:24
thx TO eklans

03.06.21 11:11
@Tony Irwin Thank you Tony! I've emailed you there Pfft

02.06.21 22:26
Rob - can you PM me with an e-mail address, and I'll send it over.

Render time: 0.83 seconds | 160,936,367 unique visits