Traits and/or states

Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU Don.Colless at CSIRO.AU
Fri Oct 31 16:15:06 CST 2003

Matt Buys wrote:

"Is there a difference between states and traits and if so, what would
that be?"

A state is a state of a character (sensu mihi): e.g., "red" is a state
of the character "eye colour". A trait, insofar as it has any formal
meaning in taxonomy, would mean to me what I call an "attribute"; e.g.,
"has red eyes".

Don Colless,
Div of Entomology, CSIRO,
GPO Box 1700,
Canberra. 2601.
Email: don.colless at
Tuz li munz est miens envirun

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