publication . Article . Other literature type . 1966

The Superspecies Concept

Dean Amadon;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 1966 Journal: Systematic Zoology, volume 15, page 245 (issn: 0039-7989, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: JSTOR
Abstract
The concept of "superspecies," as applied to a monophyletic group of allopatric or nearly allopatric taxa that are known or believed to have evolved to the species level, was introduced to the literature by E. Mayr and by B. Rensch. The concept is of great utility in many studies of evolution and zoogeography. The use of superspecies has been somewhat retarded by the absence of any formalized notation for them in Linnaean nomenclature. It is here proposed that brackets (= square parentheses) enclose the first named species of a superspecies: thus, superspecies Bubo [bubo], or Bubo [bubo] virginianus to indicate that the species virginianms is a member of the sup...
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free text keywords: Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Biology, Bubo, medicine.symptom, medicine, Accipiter, biology.organism_classification, Allopatric speciation, Zoology, Nomenclature, Zoogeography, Subspecies, Monophyly, Taxon
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