Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Nov 18 16:34:27 CST 2004

In my experience, neospecies refers to a recently diverged lineage that may
evolve into a species, if it survives.  Protospecies might work as well.

I don't see why it shouldn't be used to refer to a lineage that arises through
hybridization, but I think the usage you describe is incorrect.  If the authors
are describing a "full species" (I assume they mean that the entity in question
is taxonomically equivalent to the other species in their study group), then it
is simply a species, not a neospecies.


Ron Gatrelle wrote:

> I am editing a paper utilizing the term "neospecies".   I am interested in
> how those here define and thus apply this term to a give taxon.  Is this a
> new species (of recent evolutional origin), a pseudo species (not yet a
> species), or what.   If there is some standardized definition of this I'd
> like to know.   My concern is that different readers will take this to mean
> different things.   The authors apply this to a full species that may have
> originated from a "recent" past hybridization.
> Ron Gatrelle

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