[Taxacom] domesticates as subspecies?

Fred Schueler bckcdb at istar.ca
Mon Dec 30 09:13:26 CST 2013


Fellow puzzlers-over-details,

Surfing around, I find that Wikipedia calls the domestic Chicken  
Gallus gallus domesticus "a subspecies of the Red Junglefowl," calls  
the domestic Dog, Canis lupus familiaris, and denominates the domestic  
Cat "Felis catus or Felis silvestris catus."

Aren't zoological subspecies supposed to be geographical partitions of  
the geographic range of a species? And more generally, how is one  
supposed to name a kind of partition of a species (if there is enough  
gene flow in these cases to justify infrapecific status) for which the  
applicable Code has no category?

all the best to everyone in 2014,

fred schueler
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