[Taxacom] Species monophyly!

J. Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhugh at nhm.org
Fri Feb 5 19:24:20 CST 2010

This requires buying into Rieppel's conception of species. Something I 
deny (cf. Fitzhugh, K. 2009. Species as explanatory hypotheses: 
refinements and implications. Acta Biotheoretica 57: 201-248. See also 
Stamos' "The Species Problem").

Species aren't individuals. If they were, then we'd not be reacting to 
organisms by inferring what can only be regarded as explanatory 
hypotheses, aka species and other taxa. Instead, we'd be speaking of the 
properties of species, which we can't and don't.


J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Curator of Polychaetes
Invertebrate Zoology Section
Research & Collections Branch
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Los Angeles CA 90007
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e-mail: kfitzhug at nhm.org

Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> This is remarkably similar to what I was arguing on Taxacom a while ago:
> Rieppel, O. 2010: Species monophyly. Journal of zoological systematics and evolutionary research, 48: 1-8. doi<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_object_identifier>: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2009.00545.x<http://dx.doi.org/10.1111%2Fj.1439-0469.2009.00545.x>
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