[Taxacom] Source of quote on taxon ranking

Mark Hughes M.Hughes at rbge.ac.uk
Thu Apr 25 11:22:52 CDT 2013

Does anyone have any idea who said:

"Trying to decide if a group of organisms is a species, a subspecies or a variety is like trying to decide if a group of houses is a town, a village or a hamlet?"

I thought it was Darwin but I cant find the source anywhere. The quote is from (gin-soaked) memory so may deviate slightly from the original.


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