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oh noes! thanks to Garry for alerting me to this

http://flybase.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=50

http://blogs.lib.ncsu.edu/insects/entry/d_or_s_melanogaster

I sure hope I don't have to search and replace to "Sophophora melanogaster". That's just begging for a stray "D. melanogaster" or "D. spp" nomenclature instance to persist in my thesis!

ETA: ordinarily I'm all for name system neatness. I'll do it if I have to. but really... I write enough regexes as it is, and there might be other ways I've referred to Drosophila in abbreviation. Also, I'll have to figure out how to change all my instances of the word without touching the quotes from secondary sources.

This is almost as bad as when they renamed all my fly strains from prefix "North Carolina" to "RAL".

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sols_light
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
This pretty much confirms my opinion of Taxonomists as people with OCD. What I want to know is how did this NOT get spotted some time in the last 180 years?

Also, I seriously doubt using a common form in your Thesis is likely to cause any problems. You'll probably cause MORE problems by attempting to adopt things now.
thekit
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
well, they have a point that the definition of the genus has changed a lot, and you want to be able to imagine the kind of critter you're talking about just from the name alone.

I just wish they would change the genus name on all the other guys and leave the historical model organism alone.
nilsby
Mar. 5th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's just wrong...both the act of renaming D. melanogaster AND the fact that I have any idea what you're talking about!
thekit
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
:) and forever it shall rule your destiny...
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