: Real species and ideology

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Wed Apr 21 21:42:46 CDT 2004

At 23:48 2004-04-20, Ron Gatrelle wrote:
>resisting the urge to get nude and roll in the grass :-)

Don't they have chiggers in your neck of the woods?

>Nice question as every man made taxonomic rank , one by one, is each a
>taxon.   So who has the right to _declare_ one groups of taxa (say
>sub-genera) are not "real" and require the rest of us to get in
>mental-lock-step?   And by what brilliant logic are, sub-orders,
>sub-families, and sub-genera all valid but not sub-species?

Clades are "real". Subspecies can't be clades; if they were, they'd be species.

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