Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Drosophila melanogaster Preferred
Drosophila melangaster Misspelling
Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830 Authority

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830 Preferred
Musca cellaris Linnaeus, 1758 Synonym
Drosophila ampelophaga Howard, 1900
Drosophila emulata Chaudhuri & Mukherjee, 1941
Drosophila pilosula Becker, 1908
Drosophila artificialis Kozhevnikov, 1936
Drosophila ampelophila Loew, 1862
Drosophila uvarum Rondani, 1875
Drosophila fasciata Meigen, 1830
Drosophila aceti Heeger, 1851
Drosophila approximata Zetterstedt, 1847
Drosophila immatura Walker, 1849
Drosophila melanocephala Meijere, 1946
Drosophila nigriventris Macquart, 1843

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Name Relationship
Drosophila melanogaster Meigen, 1830 Preferred
Drosophila ampelophila Loew, 1862 Junior synonym


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