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subspecies

 [sub´spe-shēz]
a subdivision of a species; a variety or race.

subspecies

/sub·spe·cies/ (sub´spe-sēz) a taxonomic category subordinate to a species, differing morphologically from others of the species but capable of interbreeding with them; a variety or race.

subspecies

(sŭb′spē′shēz, -sēz)
n. pl. subspecies
A taxonomic subdivision of a species consisting of an interbreeding, usually geographically isolated population of organisms.

sub′spe·cif′ic (-spĭ-sĭf′ĭk) adj.

subspecies

the division of the population of a SPECIES on the grounds of incomplete REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION. In many groups of organisms subspecies have been named on minor morphological differences which usually occur in different geographically defined populations. Often, for example in birds, different parts of a CLINE have been given subspecific status; if clines are to be named, only the extremes should have subspecific names. Clearly defined populations such as island forms often merit subspecific names and might be considered as species in the making. see ISOLATING MECHANISMS.

subspecies,

n an intermediate taxonomical category in biology. Immediately subordinate to species, it usually denotes geographically isolated or morphologically different populations that may interbreed with other subspecies. Abbreviated as
subsp.

subspecies

a subdivision of a species; a variety or race.
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Simple name changes without a change in species circumscription are not included, nor are subspecific taxa.
Howard (1946), with more material, showed that although slightly different in mean size, most of the Fossil Lake material fell within the size range of living coots and, on that basis, relegated Shufeldt's species to subspecific status under F.
Following the criterion proposed by Lumbsch (1998), a subspecific rank could be accepted to accommodate the chemical races when there is a correlation with major distributional differences.
If that subspecific designation is accepted, then the A.
2002; also see Kennedy 2008), although not all authors recognise these subspecific classifications (e.
We did not assign subspecific names due to the taxonomic problems associated with them.
Subspecific genetic differences in the saddle-back tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis) postcranial skeleton.
In contrast, the subspecific category is sometimes not included in the lists, though since it affects widely distributed taxa, it is quite important.
As we have suggested in the past (Alix & Scribailo 1998), C values must be assigned to charophytes at the species level, and in some cases the subspecific ranks, if the goal is to improve the effectiveness of the FQA metrics in evaluating lake ecosystems.
They note particularly that many 'forms' of widely distributed species, which differ little if at all in spine, ray and scale counts, show but slight differences in colour pattern between one 'form' occurring in the Western Indian Ocean and another in the Western Pacific and that these too should be accorded specific status in preference to 'form' or subspecific rank.