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Response to criticisms of an updated subspecies concept

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dc.contributor.author de Queiroz, Kevin en
dc.date.accessioned 2022-01-11T02:31:16Z
dc.date.available 2022-01-11T02:31:16Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation de Queiroz, Kevin. 2021. "Response to criticisms of an updated subspecies concept." <em>Herpetological Review</em>, 773–776. 52, (4), Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. en
dc.identifier.issn 0018-084X
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/112086
dc.description.abstract In an attempt to resolve some contemporary controversies about the taxonomy of incompletely separated lineages, I recently proposed an updated concept of subspecies (de Queiroz 2020). According to that updated concept, subspecies are entities of the same fundamental kind as species (separately evolving metapopulation lineages) that differ from other entities considered species only in that they are incompletely separated from one another and therefore are parts of a more inclusive species (lineage). This updated concept of subspecies not only resolves various controversies about the taxonomy of incompletely separated lineages, it also brings the concept of subspecies into congruence with a unified concept of species, gives the concept of subspecies a biologically meaningful definition, and ends the treatment of the subspecies category as an artificial taxonomic rank. Despite these benefits, this new concept of subspecies is at odds with certain taxonomic traditions, and therefore I anticipated that it would meet resistance. In this context, it is not surprising that a criticism of my proposal has recently been published by Hillis (2021). Here I respond to that criticism to clarify both the nature of my proposal and why it is preferable to retaining a more traditional concept of subspecies. en
dc.relation.ispartof Herpetological Review en
dc.title Response to criticisms of an updated subspecies concept en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 161421
rft.jtitle Herpetological Review
rft.volume 52
rft.issue 4
rft.spage 773
rft.epage 776
dc.description.SIUnit NMNH en
dc.description.SIUnit NH-Vertebrate Zoology en
dc.citation.spage 773
dc.citation.epage 776

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