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Our application regarding designation of Drosophila melanogaster as the type species of the genus Drosophila (van
der Linde et al., 2007) was expected to raise controversy even before
it was published, and the variety of comments received in the first two
issues of this bulletin in 2008 bears this expectation out (see
Comments in BZN 65(1–3)). Seven out of nine comments
oppose our application, each for its own unique set of reasons, whereas
several of them agree with other parts of our proposal.
I support the proposed conservation of the name Bagauda Bergroth, 1903 over Pleias Kirkaldy, 1901. I agree with Rédei (BZN 65:
94) that adherence to the principle of priority in this case would
require many new combinations for species currently contained in Bagauda and such an action would not help the stability of nomenclature in EMESINAE. Furthermore, as Rédei documented, the name Bagauda has been extensively used in recent literature, unlike its senior synonym Pleias.
The nomenclature of the genera related to Drosophila, as
used in recent taxonomic papers, is based on the paper of Sturtevant
(1942). However, Throckmorton (e.g. 1962) and subsequent authors
recognised that the taxonomic relationships within the group are partly
different and showed them on cladograms, without suggesting
nomenclatural changes. Now it is quite apparent that the conception of
Throckmorton is, in principle, correct and its modifications are
presently discussed. After forty seven years, time is now more than