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A Systematic Nomenclature for the Drosophila Ventral Nervous System

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  • Robert Christopher Court
  • James Douglas Armstrong
  • Jana Borner
  • Gwyneth Card
  • Marta Costa
  • Michael Dickinson
  • Carsten Duch
  • Wyatt Korff
  • Richard Mann
  • David Merritt
  • Rod Murphey
  • Shigehiro Namiki
  • Andrew Seeds
  • David Shepherd
  • Troy Shirangi
  • Julie Simpson
  • James Truman
  • John Tuthill
  • Darren Williams

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusSubmitted - 2017


Insect nervous systems are proven and powerful model systems for neuroscience research with wide relevance in biology and medicine. However, descriptions of insect brains have suffered from a lack of a complete and uniform nomenclature. Recognising this problem the Insect Brain Name Working Group produced the first agreed hierarchical nomenclature system for the adult insect brain, using Drosophila melanogaster as the reference framework, with other insect taxa considered to ensure greater consistency and expandability (Ito et al., 2014). Ito et al. (2014) purposely focused on the gnathal regions that account for approximately 50% of the adult CNS. We extend this nomenclature system to the sub-gnathal regions of the adult Drosophila nervous system to provide a nomenclature of the so-called ventral nervous system (VNS), which includes the thoracic and abdominal neuromeres that was not included in the original work and contains the neurons that play critical roles underpinning most fly behaviours.

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