species or subspecies?

Don Colless donc at SPIDER.ENTO.CSIRO.AU
Thu Nov 16 16:33:49 CST 2000

Populations showing intransitive breeding relations are an old problem -
discussed in the 1940's in books by Ernst Mayr and Julian Huxley. The
paradigm case was, I seem to remember, a circumpolar ring of gull
populations, that failed to interbreed where the circle closed.

To the best of my knowledge, no one has offered a canonical solution, for
the very good reason that we are dealing with a borderline, where hard,
scholastic definitions don't work. But there's nothing like a bit of good
commonsense in such situations!

                 * Don Colless, Div of Entomology, CSIRO,*
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