DNA barcoding and the mediocrity of morphology.

  title={DNA barcoding and the mediocrity of morphology.},
  author={Laurence Packer and Jason Gibbs and Cory S Sheffield and Robert Hanner},
  journal={Molecular ecology resources},
  volume={9 Suppl s1},
A small but vocal community of critics has questioned the epistemological value of DNA barcoding by suggesting that either it 'cannot work' for the identification or discovery of species or that it ignores the 'richness' inherent in traditional approaches. We re-examine these arguments through a comparison of DNA barcoding and morphological taxonomy in terms of their accuracy and diversity of characters employed. We conclude that morphology often does not work and that it is often nowhere near… CONTINUE READING
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