Message 2005-06-0004: Re: species under PhyloCode

Fri, 24 Jun 2005 22:25:04 +0200

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Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 22:25:04 +0200
From: David Marjanovic <>
To: PML <>
Subject: Re: species under PhyloCode

> How will a species under PhyloCode be defined.

I have already answered to this, haven't I? The PhyloCode itself doesn't 
even mention species -- it is the body of rules for the regulation of clade 
names and only clade names. A body of rules for the naming of species that 
is compatible with the PhyloCode is currently in preparation, and I have no 
idea if it will prefer any particular species concept(s); however, 
phylogenetic nomenclature does not require species -- the PhyloCode can 
stand alone.

> If humans and Chimpanzees for instance could produce offspring would they 
> be labeled as one species under PhyloCode? Under the most limited 
> definition of a species it is a group of similar looking organisms that 
> usually mate or form a single culture if their is asexual reproduction for 
> this group.

There are currently at least 25 different species concepts. What you write 
above is just a vague mixture of 3 of them. 


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