In praise of subspecies

In praise of subspecies

The first great promoters of the subspecies concept were the American ornithologists of the latter half of the nineteenth century. The concept is inherently problematic, however, the main issue being that subspecies do not all fall into a neat category – some are highly distinctive and potential candidates for treatment as full species, while others are barely diagnosable, at least in the field, and may represent little more than an arbitrary point in a complex pattern of clinal variation.

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